March 2, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 520

Toughie No 520 by Micawber

Mid-week Mastery

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

If we get a Micawber (or an Elgar or a Notabilis) on a Wednesday it seems to mean a puzzle with all the cleverness and wit of these setters but not quite as fiendish in terms of wordplay as we’ve come to expect of them on a Friday – that’s fine by me. I enjoyed it a great deal when I solved it and I enjoyed it all over again when I wrote the review; I hope you enjoyed it too – let us know in a comment.

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DT 26489

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26489

Hints and tips by Pommers

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

[The latest addition to our blogging team is someone who should already be well-known by all.  No less than pommers, ably assisted in the technical department by pommette, faces, as he described it yesterday, his “baptism of fire”.  He really had no need to worry, as I’m sure you will agree when you have read his review.  BD]

Woke up this morning a bit nervous as it’s my debut in the Land of Blog!
All sorts of questions – What happens if I can’t solve the crossword? or don’t understand some of the wordplay? or worse – the DT crossword editor has an aberration and accidently publishes an Elgar Toughie as today’s cryptic! Aargh!

I needn’t have worried as the Wednesday Wizard has come up trumps once again!

A nice mix of clues and some which make one think a bit. I’ve given it 3* for overall difficulty (based on my solving time) but there are a few clues definitely in the 4* category. I’ve marked my favourites in blue.

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