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DT Cryptic No 25900 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25900 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

I found this a bit easier than last week’s, but based on recent goes at some old DT puzzles, there may be even easier ones out there (or I’m gaining from experience), so not worthy of one-star difficulty. The grid is mostly very sound, but spoiled a bit by some under-checking at the edges. On the placenames that the Saturday setter seems fond of, I don’t mind having them as answers, but would prefer not to have quite such difficult geographical wordplay as used today. I have a vague notion that I’ve seen a more approachable {town+town = town} clue before, but I can’t think of the places – maybe Sometown+Bury or Sometown+Chester?
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DT Cryptic No 25900 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25900 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Things are getting better – just the one place name this week.  The puzzle is much the better for not having the names of any women, although one boy’s name does crop up in the wordplay.  If we could just get rid of those place names that are better suited to General Knowledge puzzles …. but perhaps I am dreaming!   The usual few hints to get you started.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 16th April.

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