July 13, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25979

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25979

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley.  Quite a challenging and enjoyable puzzle from our Monday Maestro today.  Not as easy as the past few weeks with a few clues to cause more than a little head scratching.  Lots of good surface reading and a preponderance of double definition clues today.

The topic for debate today concerns the clue at 28 across.  I often feel that crosswords are stuck in a sort of time warp of the late fifties/early sixties.  Some setters try to write clues that reflect modern usage (and abusage) of phrases, but a few, and this runs from today’s setter through to the  Araucarias of this world) sometimes use words or devices that are strictly of a period.

If you asked a younger person what a “cosh” was, would they know? To me, it’s a word that belongs with The Great Train Robbers and 1950’s Teddy Boys.  I also accept that I may be wrong, and I’d like your thoughts.  I don’t think the day is far off where the newer abbreviations, such as LOL and IMHO will start appearing as indicators as part of clues.  What do you think?  Let me know at the end.  Newer posters please remember that your first posts has to be approved, to prevent spamming, but you’ll be on the board fairly quickly.

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