February 12, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1551

Toughie No 1551 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I’m filling in for Dutch today, who is preparing to go on the piste. This was a more straightforward solve than I was expecting on a rare visit to the Friday Toughie chair, and the style will probably have appealed more to those who enjoy tussling with clue components than to someone like me who has more of a liking for surfaces and inventive definitions.

[POSTSCRIPT: Gazza has suggested below that there is a personal message in six clues beginning with 1d. If there is, and it is what I think he means, then it’s not surprising this puzzle is not exactly brimming with levity (and my ratings are even less relevant than usual).]

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DT 28035

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28035

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a chilly, grey day.

All the usual Giovanni trademarks today, but nothing too difficult, so I finished only just into my ** time.… Continue reading

DT 28030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 6th February 2016

The perfect crossword for a newcomer to the world of solving cryptic crosswords, although one has to feel sorry for the poor postman carrying all the competition entries into Telegraph Towers as the number of entries must have been 24a, as I wasn’t alone in finding this  one of the easiest Prize Puzzles ever.

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