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DT 25972 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25972 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

First I’d like to say a special thank you to Gazza for stepping in to help me out yesterday.  It all started when I switched the computer on yesterday morning, only to find that the graphics card had given up the ghost.  I did eventually manage to find a very old one, but that card didn’t know what a wide screen looked like.  Off to PC World where I had to buy a new motherboard, cpu, and memory to accommodate the new graphics card.  At this point the hard drive crashed for the third time in as many months, so it was back again for a new drive.  By the time that I had reloaded Windows and found out that the new graphics card was faulty it was nearly midnight.  Fortunately I was able to use the onboard graphics controller, so I’m able to do this morning’s blog.

A much better puzzle this week from our Saturday Supremo.  There is a village, but it has an indelible place in British history.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. Peter Biddlecombe is on holiday this week, but a full review of this puzzle will still be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 9th July.

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Toughie 175

Toughie No 175 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Apologies for the late posting of this review. Big Dave normally does the Friday Toughie but he has suffered a catastrophic hardware failure and cannot get on-line, so I’ve done a quick mini write-up in his place. He also asked me to apologise for the late arrival of his full review of last Sunday’s puzzle – he’ll post it as soon as he is able.

As for today’s effort, I found it more irritating than satisfying – but there were a couple of clues I liked.

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DT 25971

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25971

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

Not sure about this crossword, maybe I got out of the wrong side of bed this morning, but I personally felt that this was somewhat 16a. and is only rescued by 18a. Comments appreciated as always.
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DT 25966 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25966 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

A pretty easy puzzle, which will have disappointed those who want a bit more to chew over on a Saturday. In its favour, the surface readings are nearly all convincing. The grid seems to be a direct match of a Times one, dreamt up by their former xwd editor Edmund Akenhead, with a big black E as a “signature”. It’s now a bit eccentric at the Times – their only grid with any fully checked answers – but much better than some of the DT ones.

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Toughie 174

Toughie No 174 by Firefly

Teacher…. Mother…….Secret Lover

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

As the warm-up man for Big Dave and his battle with Excalibur tomorrow, I am usually full of praise for the Thursday setters.  I am also a big fan of Firefly in his other setting alias, but for some reason, this is just not my cup of coffee (I can’t stand tea!!).  I was quite looking forward to it, but just found that some of the clues lacked the invention and  difficulty that we normally get from him.

For some reason I am reminded of the end of an epsiode of The Simpsons, where they do a send-up of Stephen King’s The Shining.  I had a tough night last night with the heat and lack of air, despite having all the windows open and running the risk of bats flying in. However, I was looking forward to logging in and having a good battle today, but like Homer I was disappointed and the urge to kill rises…..(actually the urge to go and have a snooze rises!)


Anyway, enough whimsy, let’s go.  My basic feeling that this was probably no tougher than a normal daily puzzle.  I was quite convinced for some time that there was a mistake in the grid, but then my recent stays as a guest of the NHS came to the rescue.  Should Toughie puzzles have four letter anagrams? Continue reading “Toughie 174”

DT 25970

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25970

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing today, but a pleasant challenge with a lot of nice surface readings.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them.
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Toughie 173

Toughie No 173 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s a saying “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”, so all of us who complained yesterday that the Toughie was far too easy and that we wanted something tougher, have had our wish granted today. This one was a struggle from start to finish, with some obscure words and tricky wordplay. I really enjoyed the challenge.
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DT 25968

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25968

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Today we have a very pleasant, but not too exacting, exercise with some well-constructed clues – perfect for doing in the garden with a long, cold drink close at hand.
As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space to reveal them.

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