August 5, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Come and join us!

If you are in or near the Cheltenham area why not come along and join us.

Tonight at the Kemble Brewery Inn, 27 Fairview Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2JF from 7.00pm to 10.00pm and afterwards at the Curry Corner – I’ll be there with John “Elgar” Henderson and Eric Westbrook.

Tomorrow at the Midland Hotel, opposite Cheltenham Station (see the sticky post). … Continue reading

Toughie 610

Toughie No 610 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Prolixic

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

Tilsit is receiving treatment for his leg today so it falls to me to blog a proper Friday outing from Notabilis. This was highly enjoyable with smiles and groans on the way. Often, even where the answer was obvious, the wordplay in places displayed all of Notablis’s cunning. It took Gnomes’ law to work out 27d. If Notabilis has included one of his trademark ninas in today’s grid, I have not been able to spot it.  {Many thanks to Libellule for pointing out what was staring me in the face all the time. See his comment below.]

Many thanks to Notabilis for an excellent crossword. I have highlighted my favourite clues in blue though top of tree today were 29a and 18d.

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ST 2599

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2599

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Afternoon All!. In common with many of the weekend crosswords last week Virgilius used the occasion to send his BEST WISHES to JOHN (Halpern, setting as Paul in the Guardian and Punk in the Indy) and his wife TALINE on their wedding day. These words are hidden in the unchecked letters in rows 4,6, 10 & 12. I’m sure we all echo those sentiments. We had the usual very enjoyable puzzle from Virgilius with some great images created.

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DT 26623

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26623

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a pleasant mixture of clues from Giovanni today. Your views, as ever, are very welcome.
To reveal an answer just highlight the space between the wrinkly brackets under the relevant clue.

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DT 26618

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26618

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This Saturday’s puzzle from Cephas was one of those where everything fell into place so quickly (hence the 1* difficulty from me, although I do appreciate that others would rate it ** or even ***) that I didn’t have a chance to properly enjoy the wordplay at the time, so it was lucky for me that it was my turn to unravel the clues for the review. 

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