February 11, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26157

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26157

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

My first thought was that this was one of the better Saturday puzzles, but on closer analysis I found it a bit dull. Perhaps solving it on the journey home from the White Horse jolly had something to do with it!

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Toughie 301

Toughie No 301 by Warbler

Almost perfect!

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

Tilsit was rushed into hospital by ambulance, with the blues and twos working overtime.  He’s back home now, but not yet fit enough to file his review.

I know it’s a bit late but I have put something together.  As I mentioned in the comments, for me this was so very nearly a five-star puzzle – a handful of weaker clues held me back from that accolade.  It was very nice to be able to welcome Warbler herself to the blog – one of only two women currently on the Telegraph panel of cryptic setters (and I’m sure we all know who the other one is, so I won’t be holding my breath for an appearance!).

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DT 26161

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26161

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Some of you will love this, for example on CluedUp at the moment it is showing 5 stars and 5 smiles, but I thought at times it was a bit clumsy. We have some weird surface readings at times, the abbreviation for son turns up three times, the cryptic definitions are only barely cryptic, and the use of final or first letters in clues is spread throughout the crossword.

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