November 27, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2132

Toughie No 2132 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A big warm fluffy welcome to you all.  Today’s puzzle in the Toughie slot is one of those I’m happy to recommend to back page solvers.  A couple of unfamiliar words for me didn’t slow down the gridfill or dent the enjoyment.

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DT 28907

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28907

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  Usually a puzzle containing eight anagrams would sit at the less-difficult end of the back-page spectrum.  I did not find that to be the case today.  Some very well-disguised wordplay in the other clues delivered a succession of penny-drop moments and left me feeling grateful that those anagrams provided footholds on which to build the grid fill.  I'd be happy to see more puzzles like this.  I do hope that today's setter will post a comment so we know who to thank for this fine piece of entertainment.

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