May 12, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1602

Toughie No 1602 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another quirky puzzle from Excalibur and another one that I enjoyed. Three corners went in fairly readily but the SW corner held me up for a time. This was partly due to my pencilling in the enumeration of 15 across as (4,3,4) instead of (4,2,5) because once I noticed this error the SW corner yielded fairly quickly

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DT 28112

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28112

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has resumed normal service after a few days of cold and wet, while it’s been hot and sunny in the UK.  Pommette picked a very good weekend to visit her mother!

I’m pretty sure this is a RayT if only for the slightly stretched synonyms and some cleverly concealed definitions. I quite like stretching the synonyms as it makes you think a bit laterally but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I thought it was a fair bit trickier than his recent puzzles but perhaps that’s just me. It will be interesting to hear what you all make of it. I also thought the whole thing brilliant and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever gone to five stars for enjoyment!

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ST 2846

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2846

A full review by gnomethang and crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment *****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 1st May 2016

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