July 26, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2494 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2494 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Some time during today the view count on the blog will almost certainly reach 250,000 – all achieved in a day or two under 6 months.  I’d like to thank all of you for your support over those 6 months and hope you will stay on for the next 6 months and beyond.

Many of you will be pleased to know that this puzzle is not as difficult as the one from a week ago.

Yesterday and today I am trying an experiment with a new WordPress feature.  At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.  Please remember you are assessing the puzzle and not my attempt to explain it!  If enough of you use this feature then it will be retained for future puzzles, so it’s up to you – vote now.

At the moment the rating system can’t be turned on post by post, which means you can rate any previous puzzle.  While you are welcome to do that (and some already have) it would seem unlikely that the numbers entered will be sufficient for a realistic rating.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday,  31st July.

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