April 21, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 340

Toughie No 340 by Micawber

Sounds Like a Cracker

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

For me this was a joy from start to finish, and it’s an object lesson in how to compose a Toughie without resorting to very obscure words. It does have no less than three homophones, at least one of which is a bit dodgy, but they all made me chuckle when I got them.
As always we’d love to hear what you thought of it in a comment.

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DT 26220

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26220

Today’s The Day!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Right, before we start, let’s get something out of the way!

Happy Birthday to

Big Dave


All the bloggers,


and visitors

to this wonderful site!

There, oh, and Happy Birthday to Libellule. And Happy Birthday to that woman who lives in Buckingham Palace who shares a birthday with our glorious leader!

Back to matters cruciverbal! It’s a nice puzzle from our Wednesday Wizard who has written some good solid clues that hopefully most of you will find accessible. One or two grumbles though, which are contained in the analysis. However, if you hit a brick wall, the hints and tips below should help, and if you get really stuck, the answers are contained within the squiggly brackets; you should highlight them with your mouse to reveal all.

As usual, have your say after the blog and don’t forget to rate the puzzle with the star system.

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