September 25, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2502

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2502

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

A fairly straightforward puzzle, with one very minor possible slip-up by the setter at 26D.

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Toughie 223

Toughie No 223

About as Tough as a Toughie can be!

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

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Today’s puzzle is a breath of fresh air for those of us that are avid Ximeneans and like our Toughies to be tough but fair. Is it too tough in places? Probably. But then we deserve this kind of challenge from time to time.

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DT 26043

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26043

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s Friday already and we have another gem from our usual Friday setter, full of immaculately constructed clues with a few chuckles thrown in. I debated whether to give this three or four stars for difficulty, and ended up with four. I’m sure we’ll get comments ranging from “easiest of the week” to “total nightmare” – please do continue to give us your views; it’s the variety of comments that makes the blog so interesting!

As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – highlight the white space if you want to reveal them.

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