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Toughie 2496

Toughie No 2496 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Tilsit covered my Tuesday slot, while I am covering Thursday to allow crypticsue to deputise for Dutch tomorrow.

I found this to be a slog with no satisfaction on completion. I’m sure others will disagree. What a contrast to the excellent puzzle that I have just solved that will appear as Saturday’s NTSPP. Continue reading “Toughie 2496”

ST 2496 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2496 – Review

A crossword for connoisseurs ~ a full analysis by Big Dave

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

Another excellent puzzle with good surface reading throughout.  A few minor quibbles, which are detailed below.

At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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ST 2496 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2496 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

A friend, himself a setter, emailed me today and described this as “A crossword for connoisseurs”.  Who am I to disagree?   I have given hints for those which I think will cause the most problems.

At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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 Friday, 14th August.

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