January 12, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1742

Toughie No 1742 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I found this quite tricky for a Firefly puzzle. At one time I had the top half filled in and almost nothing in the bottom half. It all came together in the end though and I enjoyed it

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DT 28322

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28322

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello and welcome to another RayT Thursday.  All the hallmarks are there and there’s a few bits of synonym stretching as well so I guess we’ll get some complaints from the usual suspects.  Her Majesty is on parade and all the clues are short but there’s very little smut so it was a little disappointing for me as I likes a bit of smut in my crosswords.  I’ve gone for *** difficulty but that’s probably just because I put a wrong answer into 27a which caused a bit of a problem.  You’ll all probably say it’s only a ** but I can only rate it as I found it.
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ST 2880

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2880

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 1 January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another super Sunday puzzle – I’ve given up making 12a’s about spotting Ninas in crosswords – I missed this one too – the word BREXIT was clearly visible in row 2, if you’d remembered to look, that is!

 

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