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Toughie 100009

Toughie No 100009 by proXimal

Bah Humbug!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I feel like Scrooge today.  I usually look forward to the Christmas, online only, Toughie but I found this to be a lack-lustre slog, unlike the Double Toughie which I have completed but am still trying to resolve some of the wordplay (is it me, or is the anagram in 4 Across flawed – I am missing an “O” and have a spare “I”?Continue reading

DT 100009

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100009

Hints and tips by Father Christmas

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Cor blimey me, as if I aven’t got enough to do this morning after me busiest night of the year. Them reindeer don’t look after themselves you know and Mrs Christmas wants her insatiability sorting if you know what I mean.… Continue reading

ST 100008

Christmas Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 100008

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 25th December

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Perfect Christmas morning entertainment, with some very nice themed clues.   I’m going to select 13a, 4d, 6df and 15d for ‘special mention’

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Double Toughie 100008

Double Toughie No 100008
An Arrangement for 3 and 14 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,008 and the solution can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,008

From clues to the eight answers entered in cells shaded grey, a consecutive arrangement of the (3-7 inclusive) letters of one member of a thematic octet must be removed before solving.… Continue reading

Toughie 100008

Toughie No 100008 by MynoT

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Mynot provides us with a seasonal offering that won’t delay you long from your  present unwrapping or festive food and drink consumption.  The only chestnuts to be found here are a couple of the old friends of the cryptic crossword solver.  … Continue reading

ST 100008 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 100008 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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An unusually early Christmas lunch, to accommodate Son of BD who is working 2:00 pm till 9:00 pm today, has delayed these hints.

This puzzle is only available online as there are no newspapers today.Continue reading

Double Toughie 100007

Double Toughie No 100007

Enigma Variations by Elgar

Friends Dropping Round for Christmas

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

Season’s Greetings from a wet Warrington! Merry Christmas to you all and here’s Elgar’s annual seasonal offering which is probably one of his more accessible puzzles.… Continue reading

Toughie 100007

Toughie No 100007 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to all of you! I have just spent 3 hours opening presents with two excited kids and some Prosecco. Today Shamus gives a lovely seasonal puzzle which I rated 3* for difficulty (although I did need Mr Google more than once and I got stuck not knowing a river – many thanks to Gazza and BD for bailing me out).… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100007

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning and Merry Christmas from South Staffs on a damp grey morning, with the promise of more rain to come. But the turkey’s in the oven, the family has gathered, and small grand-daughter is anxious for the present distribution to start.… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100006

Double Toughie No 100006 by Elgar

“7 Down”

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

Down answers, all thematic, are similarly treated before entry. 7 Down divides them into two categories (one for each Grid), which turn out suitably labelled. Clues for symmetrically-opposite Downs (each consisting of a definition to the full answer and wordplay/letter-count for the entry), are run together in either order, though it should become clear which answer belongs to which Grid.Continue reading