November 18, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1711

Toughie No 1711 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another beautifully precise puzzle from Notabilis. I managed to finish this in what for me is 3* time, but in the top half I was helped by the Nina which I boldly entered before the answers – I can imagine it might take a little longer if you don’t do that.… Continue reading

DT 28275

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28275

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where there’s a cold sunny start to the day. Here’s hoping that you can all access this site without any of the problems of recent times.… Continue reading

DT 28270

Daily Telegraph No 28270

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 12th November 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**   Enjoyment **

The commenters on the day appeared to enjoy this puzzle but I’m afraid that once I’d groaned and filled in the solution to the ancient wrinkled chestnut that was 1a, I didn’t find an awful lot to cheer me up, so this Saturday Prize Puzzle wasn’t much of a birthday treat.

I did ask someone whether it was just me, and was advised that they thought it was ‘average’ but was surprised that no-one had commented on all the double unches.   I never consciously look at the grid until I’ve entered fair few solutions, so the sixteen double unches went unnoticed until I was reminded to look for them.

 

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