August 11, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 196

Toughie No 196 by Messinae

A bit of a mixed bag

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A mixture of a number of good clues and some that are no longer in the first flush of youth!  It must be increasingly difficult to find new clues for four-letter words, and you won’t find many here, which is a shame as the rest of the puzzle was very enjoyable.  I know that there is always going to be someone to whom a clue is new, but most of you will have seen these before progressing to Toughies. Continue reading “Toughie 196”

DT 26004

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26004

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

At one stage, when writing this review, I suspected that there was another Clued Up cock-up in the 20d clue, and I even went so far as to go out and buy the paper, only to find that the clue there is identical. Apart from that it’s a fairly straightforward puzzle, though with two words which were new to me.
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