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DT 28270

Daily Telegraph No 28270

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 12th November 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**   Enjoyment **

The commenters on the day appeared to enjoy this puzzle but I’m afraid that once I’d groaned and filled in the solution to the ancient wrinkled chestnut that was 1a, I didn’t find an awful lot to cheer me up, so this Saturday Prize Puzzle wasn’t much of a birthday treat.

I did ask someone whether it was just me, and was advised that they thought it was ‘average’ but was surprised that no-one had commented on all the double unches.   I never consciously look at the grid until I’ve entered fair few solutions, so the sixteen double unches went unnoticed until I was reminded to look for them.


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DT 28270 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28270 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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For reasons beyond my comprehension this website has been under attack over the last few weeks – code was inserted to redirect users to advertising on three separate occasions, twice code was inserted to send out spam emails (but not to those who subscribe to the blog), and a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack was launched against it.  I changed the passwords several times, and now everything seems to be back in order with the exception of warnings being issued by Google etc. – they are quick to add a site to their list and very slow at removing it.

One of the consequences of the above was that defensive software, including a firewall, was added to the site.  Last night I discovered that an option in one of the new routines was causing comments from registered users, mainly bloggers, who left comments while not logged-in to be subjected to moderation.  That should no longer be the case.

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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