December 31, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 277

New Year’s Eve Toughie No 277 by Elgar

2 + 9 = 15

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

Elgar gives us yet another treat and a completely unexpected theme linking all of the answers.

SPOILER ALERT – only reveal the next sentence if you are really stuck

{All answers contain at least one instance of the letters RE, which are ignored in the wordplay – except for 10a, which is odd (unless I’m missing something). The first number in brackets refers to the number of letters used in the wordplay.}

My favourite clues are shown in blue (although it feels like a slightly odd thing to do – normally I’d highlight such clues only if they adhere to standard cryptic format).

For the utterly bamboozled, answers are shown within curly brackets – click and highlight to reveal them. And please chip in and let us know what you thought of the puzzle.

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DT 26125

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26125

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable crossword to end the year (at least I thought so), with a bit of a themed New Year crossword. How many references can you spot?

As usual the answers are hidden in the curly brackets, so if you cannot work out the answer from the explanation, just highlight to reveal. If any of you have any comments, feel free to leave one. Finally can I wish all of the setters, the bloggers and all of our readers a happy New Year.
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