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Toughie 2511

Toughie No 2511 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s a lot of GK in this puzzle but most of it is fairly accessible (though I repeat what I said last week about some clues offering more difficulties for overseas solvers).… Continue reading

ST 2511

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2511

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Quite tricky for me, this one – possibly the hardest Sunday puzzle for me since I started blogging them, though partly from one of those unfortunate groupings of answers that were hard for me – 16D, 17D, 20A, 27A. If one of these had been in each 20A, they would have caused far less trouble! Another source of difficulty might be the simple fact that every answer except 14D is a single word – this seems to make cheap guessed answers harder to come by. (As usual, I’m writing this before seeing what anyone said on the day, so look forward to finding “This was a doddle” comments when I do …)

Note after reading the Sunday hints messages – the newspaper material in 27A’s wordplay is repeated elsewhere, for a “Nina” that completely passed me by – you can find the Sun in 6D, Independent in 3D, Mail in 14D, and Guardian in 12D. If you want to really push it, the Melbourne Age (9A) and and New London [Connecticut] Day (21A) are also there, along with stories (23A) and just the one lie (15A). I found these while failing to notice the Mail.

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ST 2511 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2511 – Hints

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

With puzzles as consistently good as these it’s difficult to say something different each Sunday, so I won’t try. Just enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can 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.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 27th November.

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