October 22, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 446

Toughie No 446 by Elgar

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley and we have probably the toughest Toughie for quite some time to work with today. The sense of pride and achievement in entering the last answer is something I shall remember, for, gentle solver; this was a seriously nasty beast. Indeed I was tempted to give it a lot more stars for difficulty!

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ST 2558

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2558

A full review by Crypticsue

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

Although I have been solving the daily cryptics for many years, I am a late convert to the Sunday Prize Puzzle, enjoy them greatly and can’t think why I didn’t do them before. As Peter Biddlecombe is on holiday, I have the pleasure of reviewing this week’s offering from Virgilius. I have given this crossword 3.5* for difficulty because of the struggle I had with a few of the clues and the fact that my total solving time was two-thirds longer than usual, which I don’t think was entirely due to blogger’s nerves or my attempts to overcomplicate the clues and thus be unable to see the solution! Thanks to Virgilius for the Sunday brain stretching. Peter will be back on duty next week and I can return to my usual routine – solving the Sunday puzzle while cooking the lunch!

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DT 26378

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26378

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a typical Giovanni puzzle today with a mixture of clues of varying difficulty, including a number of easy ones to help you get started. The grid does contain a number of double unches which may bother some people, but I can’t see that they cause any great problems. Let us know, in a comment, what you thought of it.
To reveal an answer drag your cursor through the space between the curly brackets on the line under the clue.

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