March 25, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26193

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26193

A full analysis by Tilsit

All in the Mind

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another enjoyable puzzle from Cephas with some clever clues and only one or two to make you suck your teeth. I especially liked 18 across, which was a nice anagram, but suffers from a lack of an anagram indicator. One of the difficulties I have with the Telegraph puzzles is the preponderance of cryptic definitions and while the good ones are very clever, there are a lot of less than satisfactory ones about. 15 across today is a good one.

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Toughie 325

Toughie No 325 by Busman

Rather pedestrian

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

A workmanlike puzzle that left me wanting something more exciting, especially coming straight after yesterday’s tour de force.

OK, I missed the obvious Nina all round the outside unchecked letters – thanks Tilsit!

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DT 26197

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26197

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

An improvement on last Thursday’s, but I still can’t get over excited. There are some good clues here, and some good surface readings, but the crossword on the whole is pulled down by the large number of its “same” style of clues and a general lack of inventiveness. Anyway “tant pis” as they say over here in France.

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