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DT 25924 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25924

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Given a 4-star difficulty rating mainly bcause it took me a long time to be sure of 9A, so the total time was about double my average for this puzzle. One of those rather odd grids that’s perfectly OK apart from the over-unched 5-letter words, but includes a whopping 16 7-letter answers, and only three other word-lengths. It’s easy to see changes that would both increase the variety of answer lengths and fix the under-unching.

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DT 25924 – Hints ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25924 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Without the obscure people and places this would have been a very good puzzle. There is quite a lot to enjoy and, for me at least, only one of those clues that give you that teeth-sucking moment.

Two small landmarks – this is the 200th post on the blog and earlier this week the view count topped 100,000.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 14th May.

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