29257 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29257

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 11th January 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Quite a solid puzzle I thought for a Saturday. There were a few easy starter clues and a few that took a bit of unravelling..

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DT 29259

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29259

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today's fun puzzle brought to mind that "puzzle of two halves" cliché.  The top opened up nicely, suggesting that perfection might be attainable, but then the bottom put up some resistance and it took sustained effort to get that filled.  That thought made me wonder where the original "game of two halves" cliché originated.  The best that the internet can offer is that it originates in 1980s football commentary, but that its creator remains a mystery.  Anybody know who was responsible for it? The Google Ngram viewer agrees with the internet, with its data showing appearances in print of the phrase taking off from the early 1980s.  There is also a flurry of appearances around 1940.  I wonder what that was about?  Continue reading "DT 29259"

DT 29257 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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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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