April 15, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1587

Toughie No 1587 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Back to normal – whatever that is – many thanks Kitty for standing in for me. Today’s Notabilis is a clever and fair puzzle, as always, with plenty to like – though it pulled me into 4* time as it took me a while to see some of the parsing and I thought it had a little more GK than usual, keeping the enjoyment at 3*.… Continue reading

DT 28089

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28089

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. A somewhat brief blog today, because I have to leave early to attend a family funeral, so no time for pictures or music.… Continue reading

DT 28084

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28084

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 9th April 2016

It is really difficult to find something new and original to say about a Saturday Prize Puzzle as most weeks they are exactly what is required to encourage both  new solvers and hopeful long-time entrants in the competition to win a Daily Telegraph pen.   As I was solving, it seemed that it was a bit anagram-heavy, but it isn’t really, I think the three-in-a-row in the Down clues just makes it seem that way

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