September 17, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

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Yesterday morning I upgraded the software used for the blog from version 1.1 to 1.6.1 (the intervening versions were not officially released).  Although this involved a few changes to the style sheet, the only affects that you might notice are:

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DT 26032

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26032

A full analysis by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: ***

My first bite at the Saturday Puzzle, and until this week it has tended to be the last of the weekend puzzles that I solve, simply because the others usually have themes or gimmicks that I love to solve.  In most papers the Saturday puzzle is usually the most difficult of the week, but I don’t think this applies to the DT.  However, it will now be the top of the list each week.  I hope my reviews are as helpful as Peter’s were and if not, I’m sure you’ll let me know.

This was an interesting puzzle and is a curious mix of clues with some fine ones, plus one or two duds.  The Telegraph is spoilt for cryptic definition clue writers, as Monday’s Maestro is probably one of the finest exponents of this genre around, and I sometimes think that even he overeggs the pudding occasionally.  As a result, other attempts at cryptic definitions often hit the target, but not the bull, to use an expression from archery.

Anyway, let’s have a look at last Saturday’s challenge.  One of the first things I notice is the brevity of clue writing in most cases.  On first inspection that suggests to me a preponderance of cryptic definitions.  Let’s see if I’m right.

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Toughie 218

Toughie No 218 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Tilsit has had to go to the clinic, so I have produced this review at short notice.

A tough but, as you might expect from Giovanni, extremely fair puzzle that surprised me by including my local town among the answers.

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DT 26036

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26036

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A peculiar crossword today, with a mixture of clues, some good, some average. some bad, and one that would be better off in a quick crossword, even if it looks like a deliberate double bluff. If you have anything further to add, please leave a comment.

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