April 14, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 336

Toughie No 336 by Petitjean

Wading Through Treacle

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this one tough going, in every sense, and not all that enjoyable. It just seemed a slog with only the occasional entertaining clue. A couple of the clues left me scratching my head as to how they were supposed to be cryptic, so if you can see more in them than I could, please let me know.
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DT 26214

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26214

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another good puzzle from Jay, although I do have issues with two of the clues (see 25a and 8d). I was surprised as Jay’s clues are usually scrupulously accurate. [It seems that I may have been wrong on one or both, but missed a possible problem with 24a!  See annotations below.]

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