April 30, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 346

Toughie No 346 by Firefly

Bit by bit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pretty straightforward solve today and one of those rare occasions when all corners of the grid were filled at about the same pace. Three stars each pretty much sums it up – a good, solid puzzle with no fireworks but (almost) no complaints either – just a couple of things that looked marginal; 16d but only for pedantic reasons, and 17a which looks a little wrong.

I did notice that several clues made use of initial letters; it didn’t grate, but as the puzzle went on these became easier to spot as I was half expecting them.

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ST 2533

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2533

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Less difficult than last week, but I think still a notch harder than most of the puzzles written in the early days of Brian Greer’s spell as the Sunday setter. Most interest here is probably in the two long answers, but there’s plenty to talk about elsewhere.

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DT 26228

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26228

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I thought that this Giovanni puzzle was on the hard side with two answers (25a and 24d) that I’d never heard of (although, to be fair, both were reachable from the checking letters and wordplay). However, I did have to look up the meanings of both, which is fine if you have reference books and Google handy, but not so fine if you’re trying to solve the puzzle on the move. What do you think? – as always we’d love to hear your views.
For those who need to see an answer or two, they are here between the curly brackets under the relevant clue – just select the space between the brackets to reveal.

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Rufus hits 1,000!

Rufus hits 1,000!

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On Bank Holiday Monday Roger “Rufus” Squires has his 1000th puzzle published in the Daily Telegraph.  To mark the occasion there is an article about him on page 29 of today’s paper.  If you can’t get the paper, you can read the article here, just click the picture of Roger:

Congratulations Rufus – and a thousand thank yous for mentioning Big Dave’s Crossword Blog in the article!

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