July 20, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25985

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25985

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This morning I received an email from Facebook saying that someone had added me as a friend.  Those familiar with the site will know that this is frequently the equivalent of email spam, but the name looked familiar so I followed the link rather than binning the email.  The result of this is that I am lunching tomorrow with a friend from University that I haven’t seen for 44 years.  I have added his website, gastropods.com, to the links in the sidebar.  Why am I telling you all – well I immediately contacted Tilsit to see if he could cover for me on tomorrow’s Toughie.  The result is that I am doing today’s contribution from the Monday Maestro, and Tilsit will be with you tomorrow.

Those of you who are used to speeding through the Monday puzzle were probably flashed by the Gatso crossword camera today (your ticket will be in the post)!  While not difficult, this was definitely harder than most previous weeks.

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