September 15, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1674

Toughie No 1674 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice touches and I completed it without any real difficulty. The four 15-letter answers were a big help and I admit that I wouldn’t have bothered to work out their parsing had I not had a blog to write.… Continue reading

DT 28220

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28220

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where it looks like autumn is arriving as there was a distinct chill in the air this morning. I’m pretty sure that this is a RayT as it’s all short clues and it has three lurkers and a first letters clue. However, there’s a much larger than normal anagram count (6), Her Majesty hasn’t come out to play and the synonyms aren’t squealing much so perhaps it isn’t he after all. I thought it was at least as tricky as the last RayT a couple of weeks ago that seemed to frighten everyone’s horses so I’ll be interested to see what you all think of it.
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ST 2864

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2864

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 4th September

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****


Another super Sunday crossword – although I didn’t notice until I started to type this review how many examples of clue types follow one after the other, eg the insertions in 8a, 10a and 11a, and the anagrams in 12a, 13a etc.   My favourite clue was 1a.

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