June 2016 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28131

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28131

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Les Gorges du Chambon, near Montbron in the Charente. We’ve been here since Sunday and have yet to see the sun – and there’s not much prospect of it appearing over the weekend.… Continue reading

DT 28126

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28126

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th May 2016

I took a bit longer over this one but can’t particularly see why now I’m typing the review.   I didn’t notice that it was a pangram until quite far along  in the solving process which might have something to do with it.     Lots to enjoy in amongst all the Lego and anagrams.   I particularly liked the idea of confused emus!

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Toughie 1614

Toughie No 1614 by MynoT

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I struggled a bit towards the end of this. I had to wait till I had all the checking letters before hazarding a guess at 6 down and 23 down and I thought it was a little unfair that there is no wordplay for these answers to confirm the guesses.… Continue reading

ST 2849

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd May 2016

Another fine Sunday puzzle, the enjoyment of which was slightly spoiled for me when I realised how many times I was typing the word ‘inserted’ when preparing this review.   One favourite today, the splendid 13d – Gazza called it Clue of the Month, I think it should probably go on the shortlist for Clue of the Year.

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DT 28130

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28130

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa where we have been enjoying an extensive spell of hot, sunny weather. I am sitting in today as Kath is off engaging in wild and crazy shenanigans to celebrate her special day.… Continue reading

Toughie 1613

Toughie No 1613 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

The grid meant that quite a lot of the answers had an unchecked first letter which made this puzzle more difficult that it might otherwise have been. Straight from the starting gun three of the long answers (21a, 3d and 5d) leapt out at me from the definition and enumeration but after that it was a steady but rather plodding progression to the finish line.… Continue reading

DT 28129

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28129

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Early this morning, before we could go out in the car, we had to melt the ice on the windscreen. Guess this means we have had our first (albeit light) frost of the winter.… Continue reading