October 30, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2507

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2507

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

With Peter Biddlecombe on holiday, the pleasure of writing the review passes back to me for a couple of weeks. This was another excellent puzzle, such a pity that, based on blog page views, this is the least solved Telegraph crossword of the week.

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Toughie 243

Toughie No 243 by Kcit

Balance and elegance

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

A small handful of slightly clumsy surface readings do little to spoil this masterpiece of cryptic clueing technique and clever misdirection. The NE corner was the last section filled as I had to work out 10a from wordplay, and I needed that to get the – eventually very obvious – answers at 5d and 7d.

This is cryptic crossword writing at its best; challenging and imaginative, with plenty of very satisfying penny-drop moments, and a perfect balance of easy and harder clues. Thank you setter!

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DT 26073

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26073

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Friday’s puzzles seem to divide the solving community into two polarised camps, and I suspect that today’s will be no exception. I enjoyed it, although I have a couple of queries. I’ve given it four * for difficulty largely because those completing it on Clued Up seemed to take longer than usual.
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