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Toughie No 118

Toughie No 118 by Giovanni

Relatively easy despite some long answers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I made steady progress through this puzzle, and the one long word was soon revealed by the checking letters (together with Chamber’s online); this could have been a little difficult look up if you were doing this on the 7.55 to 3 down!

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Toughie No 117

Toughie No 117 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

I thought that this Toughie was somewhat easier than usual. Of course these views are totally subjective, and if you think differently please let us know via a comment.

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DT Cryptic No 25885

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25885

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

A very enjoyable crossword today with a good variety of clues. By that I found that both the variety of types of clues and the complexity of clues was very well balanced.

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Toughie No 116

Toughie No 116 by Firefly

Another very enjoyable Toughie

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

I had a strong start, getting both 1a and 1d immediately, and I thought I was on a roll.  I got a bit lost in the middle and then it all fell into place towards the end.

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DT Cryptic No 25884

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25884

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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

This one is not overly difficult but has some cleverly-worded clues. I found it very enjoyable.

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DT Cryptic No 25883

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25883

Today’s hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Tilsit joins us for the first time today.  As I mentioned on Saturday, he will already be known to avid followers of fifteensquared, and his credentials include answering questions on Crosswords, as his specialist subject, on Mastermind.  The standard DT Cyptic should be very easy for someone like him, but he faces sterner stuff when he does battle with a Toughie later in the week. BD

Thanks to Big Dave for his introduction.  I hope these blogs live up to the high standard that he and the rest of the gang have set.  Because of my other activities within the crossword world, I often get requests from solvers about the best way to start solving cryptic puzzles and my answer is invariably the same.  Start with Monday’s Telegraph and Guardian puzzles, you rarely go wrong.   That’s because they are usually set by one of the doyens of the black and white squares – Roger Squires.  Roger  (aka Rufus in the Graun) provides some of the most accessible and solver-friendly puzzles and amongst his talents, he is a master of a type of clue known as the Cryptic Definition, of which there are a few in this puzzle.

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ScrewedUp News – Mar 22

ScrewedUp News – Mar 22

Edition 12

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A small milestone – this is the 100th post on this blog!!

Mar 23 – Quick No 43 put in an appearance some time during today, and GK 853 was declared void – see the comments below.

What has happened to today’s Quick Crossword – No 43?  Vanished without trace!!

It also seems that there is a problem in the newspaper with the grid for GK 853.  You can download the online grid here: Continue reading “ScrewedUp News – Mar 22”

ST Cryptic No 2476 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2476

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

After a bit of light relief last Sunday, we are back with a hardish crossword.  However, the improvement in the Sunday  puzzles continues as there are no tenuous clues.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  March 26th.

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DT Cryptic No 25882 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25882

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too obscure this Saturday, just a good honest prize puzzle.  The usual few hints to get you started.

We will get Peter Biddlecombe’s view on this puzzle, and on the “cornery” grid that has been used, in his full review – to be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 26th March.

Next Monday a new reviewer joins the team.  Tilsit will already be known to avid followers of fifteensquared, and his credentials include answering questions on Crosswords, as his specialist subject, on Mastermind.

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