July 12, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 595

Toughie No 595 by Giovanni

The Grumpy Old Man is back again!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

My problem with Giovanni’s puzzles is that you never know which Giovanni is going to turn up. I found this one to be a boring slog and I didn’t enjoy it at all.

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DT 26602

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26602

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We were taken to task yesterday, in a comment from StevieG, for referring to some puzzles as fairly straightforward, because this might be discouraging to some solvers who don’t find them straightforward at all. However, if we’re writing a review we have to be able to say how difficult we found the puzzle relative to the average back-pager, and in my opinion this one is, well, fairly straightforward. It does have a few entertaining clues (but too many anagrams for my taste). Do feel free to agree or disagree.
If you want to see an answer just drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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