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DT 29150 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29150

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th September 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Finished in a ‘back page time’ rather than a time I’d expect to take for Saturday Prize Puzzle (as we used to know and love them).… Continue reading >

ST 3019 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3019

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 1st September 2019

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

A tricky Dada offering but full of fun – I particularly liked 23a 9d and 17d. I removed half an enjoyment star as I thought five double definition clues was at least one too many.… Continue reading >

DT 29144 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144

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This puzzle was published on 31st August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday Prize Puzzle just like we used to get – this one a not difficult but enjoyable pangram – although the repetition radar did bleep in a couple of places, this didn’t spoil the solving enjoyment at all as I only noticed when typing the review

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ST 3018 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3018

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This puzzle was published on 25th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Memo to self: when drafting the review on the day the crossword was published, don’t forget to write the prologue so you don’t have to try and remember what you thought about a particular Sunday crossword ten days later – Looking at the grid, and the ratings, I’d say it was nice and straightforward and good fun.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2290 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2290 by Notabilis

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

A fine example of what a Toughie, especially a Friday Toughie, should be. I did wonder whether it was “just me”, being the stand-in blogger’s stand-in, doing my first ‘on the day’ blog for a very long time – but decided that it is definitely Notabilis being as cleverly tricky as only he knows how.… Continue reading >

ST 3016 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3016

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This puzzle was published on 11th August 2019

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

 

A trickier offering from Dada with a good mixture of clue types

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DT 29126 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29126

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This puzzle was published on 10th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A nice Saturday Prize Puzzle

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Across

1a    Corrupt time-traveller’s machine detained in station (10)
BASTARDISE – TARDIS (time-traveller’s machine) ‘detained’ or inserted in BASE (station)

6a    Block of wood incorporating new pine (4)
LONG – LOG (block of wood) ‘incorporating’ N (new)

9a    Caught on boundary?… Continue reading >