Author Archives: petebiddlecombe

My new job

Those of you who look at the Times for the Times blog will know that I’ve just started a new job. I can now tell you that I’ve been appointed on a trial basis to edit the crosswords in the Sunday Times. I’m obviously very pleased and know that many of you will be very pleased for me. At this stage there are only a few things to say:

  • A big thank you to Barbara Hall for the help she’s given me during a brief handover period, and to those at the Sunday Times who decided to see whether I can fill this role well.
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ST 2567

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2567

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Christmas is always special in crossword land, but your Sunday setter has excelled himself here.… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2566

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Posting in a bit of haste as now much busier than I used to be, so no link to Shenandoah for 25A.… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2565

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Another very enjoyable Sunday puzzle – I liked the 200-year musical leap in time between the two long across clue/answer combos… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2564

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Here’s a puzzle using one of those “natural” 15×15 grids with words of 5, 7, and 9 letters.… Read More

ST 2563

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2563

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

More high class fun. It’s a bit dull on this slot – you never get anything to moan about …… Read More

Sloggers and Betters

Sloggers and Betters

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I’m announcing this rather later than usual, for which I apologise. For two reasons, an S & B meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st December.… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2562

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

A puzzle that I found very easy , finishing in the kind of time I can’t quite seem to manage for the Times puzzles any more.… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2561

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Nothing written next to this one on the day – let’s see what emerges as I write up the explanations.… Read More

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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2560

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Not much obvious high drama in the clues this week, though three hidden words is a bit unusual.… Read More