July 1, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 590

Toughie No 590 by Osmosis

In the Can!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Thanks to BD for helping out last Friday when my hospital appointment got messy. I managed to make the Crossword Meet at Birmingham the following day and it was a joy to meet up with Rufus and Eric Westbrook, as well as the other setters and solvers. Thanks to Anax for a grand day and there are some great pictures around especially those taken by Jane Teather. I’m not a fan of pictures of myself, but this is quite a decent one of me wrestling with the Anax special puzzle!

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ST 2594

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2594

A full review by Crypticsue

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

If you solve your cryptics in the newspaper or were able to convince the Telegraph Puzzles website to cooperate, then like me you had a lovely treat of a crossword from Virgilius again this week.  The top half went in quite quickly but the bottom half was another story, particularly the SW corner where I was held up by several of the craftier clues.  As to my favourite clues – as Brucie might say ‘they’re nearly all my favourites’!!

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DT 26593

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26593

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly straightforward but entertaining puzzle from Giovanni today. Let us know how you got on with it.
To reveal an answer drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26588

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26588

A full review by Gnomethang

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

Morning All!. It was fun to provide the hints on the day and my solving time put this into the 3-star territory although a few clues caused some discussion on the day so it may have been harder for some. Reviewing the puzzle a few days later I realized that there were loads of clues here which I found to be well constructed and have given it four stars for enjoyment.

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