28252 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28252

Daily Telegraph No 28246

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 22nd October 2016

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

Solved on the High Speed Train to London, while trying not to eavesdrop on the interesting conversation of three young American ladies over here on a year abroad as part of their degree studies.  This is probably the main reason why the puzzle took a smidgeon longer than my usual time to solve.

I can confidently thank a/the Saturday Mysteron for the crossword, as a chat with Cephas (Peter Chamberlain, who was in the First Preliminary of the Finals with me) confirmed that not only had he set the previous Saturday’s Prize Puzzle, but that we will have one of his puzzles to solve in the morning.

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DT 28252 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28252 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all!

While Big Dave and most of the gang are away at the big crossword event of this week, the Times Crossword Championships, I’m holding the fort for the next two weekends.  Good luck to those taking part including our very own Crypticsue and Verlaine, and our regular Saturday setter Cephas, who has been there in the past and may be there today, and Micawber.

I will be dropping in from time to time today as I have to work, dealing with the energy and communications complaints of most of Great Britain.  So I’m trusting you all to behave and play nicely.  However, a few of the regulars will be around to keep an eye on things and dispense opening medicine to anyone being naughty, I’m sure.  I believe Gazza has a big bottle.

I haven’t done much solving recently for a couple of reasons, so found this quite challenging.  I’d guess it wasn’t by Cephas but our Mystery chum.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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