25972 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25972 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25972 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Peter Biddlecombe is taking a well-deserved break this week, but will be back next week.

Saturday puzzles recently have not deserved the accolade of prize puzzles, but this one was a lot better.  I had a few minor grumbles,which are outlined in the review.

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DT 25972 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25972 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

First I’d like to say a special thank you to Gazza for stepping in to help me out yesterday.  It all started when I switched the computer on yesterday morning, only to find that the graphics card had given up the ghost.  I did eventually manage to find a very old one, but that card didn’t know what a wide screen looked like.  Off to PC World where I had to buy a new motherboard, cpu, and memory to accommodate the new graphics card.  At this point the hard drive crashed for the third time in as many months, so it was back again for a new drive.  By the time that I had reloaded Windows and found out that the new graphics card was faulty it was nearly midnight.  Fortunately I was able to use the onboard graphics controller, so I’m able to do this morning’s blog.

A much better puzzle this week from our Saturday Supremo.  There is a village, but it has an indelible place in British history.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. Peter Biddlecombe is on holiday this week, but a full review of this puzzle will still be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 9th July.

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