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Toughie 143

Toughie No 143 by Excalibur

A good puzzle, spoiled

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

There was much to enjoy in this puzzle, but, for me, it was totally spoiled by the silly phrases and by wordplay in which so much is sacrificed to achieve good  surface reading.  I fail to see how A B on C means A on B is C, but once you get used to the silliness of the construct the puzzle is not that difficult.

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DT 25923

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25923

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Not too complicated, not too easy either. One new word for me, a french phrase and a couple of Big Dave bete noires, what more could you ask for. Comments as always appreciated.


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ST 2482 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2482 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

The latest of a string of excellent Sunday puzzles.  It still seems odd to be writing a review having enjoyed the puzzle as I got used to the old-style over several years .  No more sucking the teeth or stabbing an effigy of the setter with my pencil!

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DT 25918 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25918

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

Started this off very fast but slowed down in the bottom half.  A saying to ponder from one of the Times for the Times bloggers: “Some of the words in a clue are there for their meaning, and some for their content”.   As a solver, it’s well worth asking “why is this particular word used”, and any passing setters will already have realised that concealing the words included for their content can be quite difficult.

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Toughie 142

Toughie No 142 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Nice to see the Toughie live up to its name today with a fairly challenging solve.  As I am solving onscreen at the moment, I suffered several “Your solution is wrong” messages before finally getting the all correct one, which came as a great relief.

Incidentally, someone managed to solve the DT Wednesday Crossword on line in 2 minutes and 36 seconds according to the statistics.  Presumably they will be taking part in the final of the Crossword Championships in Cheltenham later this year.   Messrs Goodliffe and Biddlecombe should be quaking in their boots.

Anyway, back to today.  I think we can put Shamus firmly into the Ximenean camp with this cluing, all absolutely sound.

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DT 25922

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25922

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This puzzle is one of the easiest we have had for some time, but it is full of cleverly-constructed clues with excellent surface readings. It would be a very good introduction for someone new to cryptics. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Toughie 141

Toughie No 141 by Campbell

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is an average sort of Toughie with a man’s name, a woman’s name, a river, an English town, a couple of Greek mythological characters, a historian, a poet and a festival all making an appearance. As usual you can reveal the answer by selecting the white space between the curly brackets if my hints are not good enough.

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DT 25921

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25921

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

A superior puzzle with some very good clues and on the whole a really enjoyable solve.  I’m left with the impression that the compiler wants you to do a fair bit of thinking outside the box with some of these main or subsidiary definitions.

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Toughie 140

Toughie No 140 by Osmosis

A Toughie to savour

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

You have to work to get the answers in this very enjoyable puzzle.  One or two clues have wordplay that takes a bit of unravelling, but there is nothing here that is beyond the capabilities of the average Toughie solver.

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DT 25920

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25920

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is another decent puzzle from our normal Tuesday setter, whose trademark is to have only single-word answers. Some will decry the layout of the grid, with each of the corners pretty isolated – but look on the bright side, you get four puzzles for the price of one!

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