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Toughie 2380

Toughie Cryptic No 2380 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

You do know what to expect when Kcit sets the ‘Toughie’ and this one was no exception. I’m not quite sure whether the number of picture opportunities he’s provided for the blogger makes up for the number of clues where we have to ‘remove a letter’ – certainly something I’d have flagged for attention if I’d been the test solver. … Continue reading

ST 3040

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3040

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This puzzle was published on 26th January 2020

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

A tricky crossword – and it wasn’t just those of us who been at the Bash the day before who thought so

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DT 29269

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29269

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This puzzle was published on 25th January 2020

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

I always take a smidgen longer to solve the crossword when on the train, often because there is, as was the case on Saturday morning, a fellow passenger who thought everyone in the carriage needed to hear their views on something.  … Continue reading

Toughie 2376

Toughie No 2376 by Stick Insect

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A lot of the difficulty in this crossword comes from having to take quite a time to work out the parsing of several of the clues, which is reflected in the difficulty rating.… Continue reading

ST 3039

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3039

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This puzzle was published on 19th January 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A nice Sunday crossword which flowed easily from start to finish

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DT 29263

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29263

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This puzzle was published on 18th January 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

A short-lived solving experience for a Saturday prize puzzle which I didn’t find as enjoyable as others appeared to on the day

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Toughie 2372

Toughie No 2372 by Firefly

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Solved in a time which placed this puzzle on the cusp between a hard back-pager and an easy middle-of-the-paper crossword.   We are a Q and an X short of a pangram.… Continue reading