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Toughie 207

Toughie No 207 by Elgar

The Toughest Toughie yet?

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

I always look forward to a puzzle when I see that Elgar is the setter.  This one was extremely tough and maybe, for some of you, too tough.  I did manage to complete all but the 20a/23d clues in the printed version but needed trial and error on CluedUp to complete the job.  The review will take a little while to prepare (and a gallon of coffee as well!) so I have provided all of the answers in the interim.

Feel free to discuss, via the comments, your views on this puzzle.  Unlike a certain other website, (did I say what when multiplied by itself gives 225?) we are happy to take all of your comments, on or off topic, as we regard this as a forum not an academy for the elite.  You don’t need a degree in gobbledygook here!

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DT 26019

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26019

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is my first Friday review and what a pleasure it is to do. Each clue is well crafted with some excellent surface readings. Some may quibble at the presence of five place names but each is very well known.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them. Also, please take the time to express how much you were entertained by the puzzle by clicking on one of the five stars at the bottom of the review. As always we’d be delighted to get a comment from you.

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DT 26014 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26014 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

On the tough side, this one – possibly because of 7 CDs, some a bit vague – but there were quite a few anagrams too, which should have been easy. 11A, 8D, 6D were the last answers to go in. Apologies for the late report – I’ve been busy looking after a young nephew this week.

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Toughie 206

Toughie No 206 by Osmosis

Overegging the Pudding

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

When I saw that today’s puzzle was by Osmosis, I knew I was in for a tough battle and so it proved to be.  In his other guise at the Independent, he tends to produce the most difficult puzzles there.  Here there are some really clever clues, but one or two that cause some tooth-sucking.  Apologies too for the lateness, a difficult Thursday for me.

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DT 26018

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26018

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

We thought we would ring a few changes, so today I have started to do the Thursday blog instead of the Friday one. Seems blogging Giovanni is a popular pastime. So instead of Gazza today you now have me. Expect some more changes shortly. Today’s crossword is an enjoyable effort that is not too taxing. However there are a couple of quibbles. Please feel free to leave comments.

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Toughie 205

Toughie No 205 by Giovanni
Sounds Unusual

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

I thought that this one was quite tricky and Giovanni, as always, is good at using unusual meanings of common words (like ‘sound’ in 5a). There are a few queries that I have, and these are highlighted in the review. I’d be delighted to get your comments on these or any other matters.
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DT 26017

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26017

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This pleasant puzzle shouldn’t give those grey cells too much exercise this morning (but you can always do the Toughie!).   A couple of minor issues will be covered in the review.

Following the accidental success of Monday’s placeholder posting, I have added this while still preparing the review – feel free to discuss via the comments.

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Toughie 204

Toughie No 204 by Micawber

Experientia does it

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

I always look forward to a new puzzle from Mr Micawber, and this one certainly didn’t let me down.  I would usually complain when there are a number of clues of similar construct, but I would cheerfully accept a whole puzzle full of Micawber’s charades.

[Experientia does it is Mrs Micawber’s misquote of Experientia docet – One learns by experience – in Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield.]

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DT 26016

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26016

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle provides a good workout, though some will not like the large number of place names and girls’ names. As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space to reveal the answer if my hint proves inadequate!

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DT 26015

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26015

Hints and Tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Time for another battle with the Monday Maestro.  I have a feeling that those who find him to be extremely easy might have had a surprise today.  There were one or two clues that caused me to scratch the old noggin and raise a few sparks.  Overall quite a nice balance of clues, where some weeks we seem to have a preponderance of one type or another.

As usual, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and welcome your contributions.  A couple of things to remember, first time posters take a little longer to appear purely as they are vetted just to make sure they are not spammers being a pain in the rectum.  There’s also a star rating facilitiy at the end of the blog and you can click on that to show your rating the puzzle.  It’s purely for fun.

Oh,  and for those who haven’t seen this in today’s papers!

Ashes Obit

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