May 27, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 153

Toughie No 153 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a very enjoyable Toughie with some excellent and amusing clues. Some of the wordplay is tricky and it’s a good idea to claw your way into it by picking off an easy clue (like 24d) or an obvious anagram (like 27a) first, in order to get as many checking letters as possible before you start on the harder clues.

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DT 25939

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25939

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

It has been long established that the Telegraph, with occasional exceptions, used the same setter each week for any given day.  Recently it has been obvious that this no longer applies – I cannot believe that this puzzle was from the same source as last week’s travesty.  This one is not only easier than a week ago, but much more enjoyable.

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Big Dave gets a Face Lift

Welcome to the new look site

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For the last two or three weeks I have been working on a new look for the website.  This new theme has a number of features – some more interesting than others!

1. The main reason for the change is to have a variable width instead of a fixed width.  On my own screen less than half of the width was being utilised by the old theme – the new one adjusts to the size of screen.  Try shrinking the screen horizontally and watch the text automatically move.

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