July 6, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 592

Toughie No 592 by Elkamere

There’s a new kid on the block

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a new compiler today and the Telegraph are so coy about him or her that they haven’t published the name on-line this morning. So, welcome to Elkamere who’s given us a puzzle that pretty much conforms to midweek Toughie standard in terms of difficulty (I found the SW corner the trickiest) with an entertaining mixture of clues.
Let us know how you liked the new setter and please take the time to click on one of the stars below to record your enjoyment.

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DT 26597

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26597

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello once again from the Vega Baja.  We have a tricky little rascal today (to borrow pommette’s phrase) which has a theme, a bit unusual for a Wednesday puzzle so perhaps this one isn’t from Jay. I nearly gave it 4* for difficulty but then realised I’d spent a good portion of my solving time trying to fit a nine letter word into 24a before noticing the enumeration is (4,5) – D’oh!!!!! Continue reading “DT 26597”