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Toughie 148

Toughie No 148 by Kcit

Not as difficult as it looks

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I’m still struggling with the effects of Saturday’s hard drive crash combined with an Internet connection that is varying today from poor to non-existent.  Will be back with this puzzle after a trip to the dentist.  Can the day get any worse?

Well, I finally managed to get around to this puzzle, and it looked at first as if it was going to be difficult.  However, the setter was very kind with all four long answers being anagrams.  One or two curiosities, but overall not a bad puzzle.

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DT 25932

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25932

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Once more we have an excellent Tuesday puzzle with some very entertaining surface readings. The layout of the grid encourages you to solve one corner at a time, and I was proceeding quite well until I reached the South-East corner which held me up for a while.
Can I point out to new readers (and to regular readers who have not yet read Big Dave’s FAQ!) that the curly brackets associated with each clue are not just there for artistic embellishment – the answer is hidden inside them, and if my hints are insufficient to give you the answer you can reveal it by selecting the space inside the brackets.

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DT 25930 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25930 – Hints

Selected Hints by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Big Dave is taking a well-deserved weekend off, so I’ve been volunteered to provide selected hints for today’s and tomorrow’s prize puzzles.  As usual a full review of today’s puzzle by Peter Biddlecombe will appear next Thursday afternoon. I enjoyed doing this one, especially the cryptic clues.

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Toughie 147

Toughie No 147 by Elgar

Another five star performance from Elgar

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

Once again Elgar serves up a Toughie that is worthy of the name.  Always tough, always enjoyable, each answer has to be carefully extracted.   Even after I had completed it, I still had to sort out the wordplay for four of the clues.

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DT 25924 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25924

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Given a 4-star difficulty rating mainly bcause it took me a long time to be sure of 9A, so the total time was about double my average for this puzzle. One of those rather odd grids that’s perfectly OK apart from the over-unched 5-letter words, but includes a whopping 16 7-letter answers, and only three other word-lengths. It’s easy to see changes that would both increase the variety of answer lengths and fix the under-unching.

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Toughie 146

Toughie No 146 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

An elegant and challenging puzzle from one of the best crossword setters and a personal favourite of mine.  Some very clever and thought-provoking clues mixed with accessible ones provide a good challenge for solvers.  The clues have beautiful surface readings as well.

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DT 25928

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25928

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too obscure or contentious today – what we have is a straightforward puzzle which should not frustrate regular solvers for very long, but which contains some entertaining clues.

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Toughie 145

Toughie No 145 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

A definite toughie today with several words which were new to me and a couple of familiar words with meanings that I did not previously know. All in all it is a fair and entertaining challenge. It definitely helps a lot if you can crack 5d and 9d early on.

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