March 4, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26175

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26175

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Just when you thought it was safe to sit down and enjoy a Saturday Prize puzzle, along comes another one that you can finish while your egg is still boiling.  Although I have issues with a few of the clues, this is not a bad puzzle – it’s just that I was disappointed after the improvements we have seen in recent Saturdays.

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Toughie 313

Toughie No 313 by Firefly

Swimming in Treacle

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

This took a long time to solve, but there was little pleasure to be derived from the puzzle itself or the Nina. Usually when I struggle to finish a puzzle, I get that “wow” moment with a number of the clues, but not today.

The preamble promised much but by the time I had realised what it meant all of the answers had been filled in. If you are still puzzled the double unches are sort of (but not fully) symmetrical. Around the outside you have UT then KE and finally EA.

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DT 26179

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26179

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

I don’t expect much use of my hints today as this is certainly the easiest crossword of the week by far.
One of the stars for enjoyment is for 17a. One of the stars not given for enjoyment belongs to 16d.

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