September 4, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2499

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2499

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

After a few months of the variable delights of the Saturday puzzle, Dave has given me the privilege of writing about the Sunday puzzle in its new style.   What a change!  Instead of wondering how much to bang on about the clues that annoy me, I’m now trying to make sure I don’t miss any of the very clever aspects of these clues.   It seems to be current DT policy not to name the setter for each day, but if this puzzle wasn’t written by Brian Greer (Brendan and Virgilius elsewhere and a former Times xwd editor, now back on their setting team), it’s by someone who’s learned a lot from Brian and other good setters.  This puzzle was relatively tricky for Brian – his scrupulously fair clues mean that I can get through some of his puzzles pretty swiftly.   I look forward to something with an extra twist to celebrate ST No. 2500 next week.

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Toughie 211

Toughie No 211 by Kcit
A Tough Time!

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

Yesterday we had one of the tougher Toughies, and we have another today. I struggled with the North East corner in particular but it was, in general, the clues that were hard not the answers. Unfortunately two of the exceptions were the first two across clues, both of which were new words for me.

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DT 26025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26025

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A pleasant exercise, as usual on a Friday, with one or two more difficult clues thrown in to keep us on our toes. Getting 17a early is a big help in solving the other clues.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets. Just highlight the white space inside to reveal them.
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