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DT Cryptic No 25859

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25859

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Once again you have a nice easy start to the week, with this honest, straightforward puzzle.  Try and do as much of this as you can without my help (but don’t put me out of business)!!

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ScrewedUp News – Feb 22

ScrewedUp News – Feb 22

Edition 2

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12.36 – Hooray! Somebody out there in Telegraphland is listening (or perhaps reading this blog!) – the problem now seems to be fixed, although I can’t go back and enter the missing answer (and Codewords 1231 has been fixed as well – see Edition 1 of this newsletter).

If you are reading this at the Telegraph – the printable grid for Friday’s Quick crossword, No 25857, still has nowhere for 1 down to be entered!!

I wasn’t going to, but I’ve decided to call these items ScrewedUp News instead of CluedUp News.

Today it’s the ST Cryptic No 2472 that has a problem. Continue reading “ScrewedUp News – Feb 22”

ST Cryptic No 2472 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2472

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  February 26th.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2472 – Hints”

ScrewedUp News – Feb 21

ScrewedUp News – Feb 21

Edition 1

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12.58, Feb 22 – This problem has now been fixed.  We were wrong, it wasn’t two numbers that needed to be changed, it was most of the grid!

This is the first of an irregular series of blogs about the ClueUp website.  After the fiasco of yesterday’s accidental publication of today’s crossword, and the absence of any information about what was happening on the ClueUp site itself, I thought you might like a forum for information about the problems and their resolution, if any.

Todays news concerns Codewords No 1231. Continue reading “ScrewedUp News – Feb 21”

DT Cryptic No 25858 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25858

Selected hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

We published a full review, by Libellule, of this puzzle yesterday when it was accidentally released online.  As our policy here is to provide hints only for the weekend prize crosswords that review has been removed, and will be reposted at 12.00 next Thursday,  February 26th.   Instead I have selected a few hints from that review.  This will mean that Peter Biddlecombe will have a week off and be back on Thursday, 5th March with a review of next Saturday’s puzzle.

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Toughie No 99

Toughie No 99 by Elgar

An excellent, challenging puzzle

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

This puzzle has 5 stars for both difficulty and enjoyment.  I knew soon after starting that it was going to be a struggle, but as I opened up each clue, I began to enjoy the contest.  I will be interested to know what Dr B, my American friend, makes of this one as some of the clues have a uniquely British flavour.  As usual, the links provide additional content which is usually useful, occassionally totally frivolous.

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DT Cryptic No 25857

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25857

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is a review of the puzzle as published in the newspaper and now available online – the one that was originally published online turned out to be the Saturday Prize crossword!.  Neither puzzle was anything special – nothing particularly good or annoyingly bad.  For a real puzzle, see today’s Toughie No 99.

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ST Cryptic No 2471 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2471 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

I never look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and I’m seldom surprised. This is another one that takes quite a while to complete, but leaves you wondering why you bothered. Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2471 – Review”

Toughie No 98

Toughie No 98 by Giovanni

Another enjoyable puzzle

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

A better day on CluedUp, so these are a lot earlier than has been the norm recently.  When I first looked at the puzzle I wondered just where I was going to start, then one or two easier clues came to light and it all fell into place.  As usual, there are several clues where you need to find an answer that satisfies one part of the wordplay and rack your brains to find how on earth it fits the other – 10 across being a good example.  There are a few words which are not in the average vocabulary, but the wordplay points you in the right direction.

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Toughie No 97

Toughie No 97 by Cephas

Firm but fair

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

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are becoming a bit of a struggle with two crosswords to be blogged – I already have help on Thursday, Friday and the Saturday Review.  If you would like to help, then get in touch through Contact.  Today I have changed the format a little so that the components of the answer, and the answer itself, are in capitals.

The puzzle itself was firm but fair, apart from some of the silly three letter clues.  Peter Biddlecombe (whose Review of  last Saturday’s puzzle will be published at noon tomorrow) won’t like the grid on this one – four totally separate corners joined only in the centre.  Don’t be surprised if you get some of the answers and then struggle to find the wordplay, but then that’s why this blog is here!

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