August 12, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 614

Toughie No 614 by Micawber

Dear Telegraph Crossword Editor…..

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

Dear Phil

I know I haven’t been kind to you in the past with one or two less than positive reviews, but I speak from the heart as a passionate solver and try to let you know how I feel about my experiences. I don’t see the point in being untrue about a puzzle I can’t get on with. This week I was nearly sticking pins in a doll of you, when access to the site has been all over the place but ultimately it isn’t your fault, so the pins were returned to the sewing box (my modelling skills produced a doll that looked more like Mick Hucknall than you anyway!).

But I am being spoiled something rotten on a Friday. Elgar is a regular and the last two Friday slots have been Notabilis and today Micawber, three of the finest setters around and they have all produced wonderful amazing puzzles. Today’s Micawber gets a five star rating all-round. A puzzle full of stunning invention, wit and topical stuff. Bravo and it is great to see you encourage this younger talent that makes me feel the future of the black and white grid is in very safe hands. This week’s Dada was a fine puzzle too.

Now if you can just make the site behave……

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ST 2600

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2600

A full review by Gnomethang

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

Afternoon All!. As usual Virgilius does not disappoint with his puzzles and this was a special one to nod to the fact that is puzzle number 2600 in the ST series. Continue reading “ST 2600”

DT 26629

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26629

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Good morning from a drizzly North Devon – where’s Summer gone? Luckily there’s a very entertaining puzzle from Giovanni to cheer us up. I look forward to reading your comments (can I just emphasise that the bloggers do read all the comments, though obviously not all need a response).
If you need to see (or check) an answer just drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26624

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26624

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A slightly trickier than usual offering from the Saturday Mysteron this week which caused problems for quite a few posters (and quite a few lurkers too judging by the number of visits to the hints page).    Analysis for this review has revealed lots to make me smile and I have highlighted my favourites in blue.

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