April 20, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Anax in the FT

Anax in the FT

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I’m sure you would like to join me today in congratulating Anax on his debut, as Loroso, as a setter in the Financial Times.  Only the Telegraph and the Guardian to go now to complete a full set!

FT puzzles are available, for a limited time, from their website.

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Toughie 339

Toughie No 339 by Cephas

The five boxing wizards jump quickly

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

If you haven’t guessed from the sub-heading, we have yet another pangrammatic puzzle from Cephas. While this puzzle would be fine as a daily cryptic, it doesn’t really match up to the Telegraph’s claim that the Toughie is “the toughest crossword in Fleet Street”.

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DT 26219

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26219

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A real mixture of clues from Shamus today – some I liked a lot, but others, including the cryptic definitions, didn’t really cut the mustard for me. I dithered between two and three stars for difficulty – it seemed marginally more difficult than yesterday’s. So, please tell me what you think (but I won’t be “doing a Libellule” and changing the grading in mid-afternoon!).
As always, the answers are concealed to prevent your seeing them accidentally – just highlight the space between the brackets under a clue to reveal the solution.

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