June 10, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26263

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26263

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A bit of a curate’s egg today with a couple of interesting and challenging clues, plus a number of very hackneyed ones: 9a, 11a, 22a, 1D, 20d and 24d. As I’ve said before, there will be some of you who have never seen these before, but 11 across was one of the first clues I ever solved in a crossword at some tender age.

I also wasn’t keen on a couple of clues, as you’ll see in the narrative. Overall I thought it rather easy for a Thursday and probably just about suitable for the Telegraph daily.

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Toughie 369

Toughie No 369 by MynoT

It’s in the air

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Let me first apologise to Big Dave for going away last week and leaving him with an Excalibur puzzle to blog, I did look at it on my return and I doubt that I would have been much more complimentary than he was.  But to be honest I would quite cheerfully have taken last week’s Excalibur puzzle in exchange for this week’s MynoT puzzle.

I filled in all the squares reasonably quickly and then had to resort to the dictionary to check several answers and to work out some wordplay that I hadn’t fully understood. I think I now understand it all but I’m sure someone will tell me of any subtleties I may have missed. Once again MynoT includes three signs of the zodiac as answers.

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DT 26259

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26259

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Once again, as last week, I thought that this puzzle was let down by some clues that didn’t really cut the mustard, in particular some of the cryptic definitions. Also some of the surface reading telegraphed the wordplay instruction which made the puzzle very straightforward as a result. This is a shame really as more recent Saturday Prize Puzzles have been more tricky and, for me, more enjoyable.

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ScrewedUp News – Jun 10

ScrewedUp News – Jun 10

Edition 25

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Today the CluedUp site was ported to a different server.  Unfortunately, as Gazza reports elsewhere, it seems to be powered by a Sinclair ZX-80.

I will be out for the rest of the morning, so today’s blogs may be a bit late.  In anticipation of problems, we have secured, courtesy of Phil McNeill, copies of the two puzzles, together with the Quick crossword.

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