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Toughie 2736

Toughie No 2736 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A rather pleasant puzzle with a perimeter Nina that helped me with the solve. A few head-scratchers as usual, and a good share of easier clues to get you started.… Continue reading

ST 2736

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2736

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on  Sunday, 23rd March 2014

There are many reasons why  I like to draft the review of a weekend puzzle on the same day that I solve it,  firstly so that my impressions of the solving experience remain fresh in my mind, and also so there are no last minute hiccups.  It also means that when reviewing a Virgilius puzzle as good as this one, I can have double the fun on the day, marvelling at the fine wordplay and surface readings –  I was so reluctant to put this particular crossword down, that this review was drafted before even a potato was peeled for Sunday lunch!

One expects clever cluing and sneakiness from Virgilius,  but parts of this were extra sneaky – the wordplay for 10a being a fine example.

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ST 2736 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2736 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Bufo, Tilsit and I had a very enjoyable evening yesterday at the Listener Dinner in Cheltenham.  As a result, I’m feeling a tad delicate today!

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

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