October 28, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 658

Toughie No 658 by Notabilis

“Three words, darling; A-may-zing!”

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BD Rating – Difficulty *****Enjoyment *****2

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Thanks for all the nice wishes and I am home from hospital, although feeling a little fragile, so our leader is going to assist with the Downs.

Today we simply have a thing of beauty. An absolutely stunning crossword from Notabilis, a ferociously tough struggle, but like the best meat when you dine, when you see the explanations for the clues, they fall apart beautifully in the brain. I know some of you will have probably given up but quite simply this is a puzzle by a setter at the top of his game, and I cannot praise Notabilis high enough for it. Thanks to Phil McNeill, the Telegraph Puzzles Editor, for publishing it.

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ST 2611

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2611

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All!. We had a fairly standard (not to say that it wasn’t extremely high quality) puzzle from Virgilius this week – no frills or gimmicks but the usual solid cluing, a couple of &Lits and very solid surface readings.

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DT 26695

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26695

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I thought that this Giovanni production was an excellent example of how a puzzle doesn’t have to be difficult to be very entertaining. Your views, as always, are welcome.
If you want to see an answer just slide your cursor through the space between the curly brackets under the clue that’s giving you problems.

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DT 26690

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26690

A full review by crypticsue

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I thought I was going to be reviewing a Cephas puzzle as usual but this one was from a ‘new’ Saturday Mysteron, ie not the one I am expecting to review next week. I  turned to the back page of the paper, keen to see what was in store, only to find … 

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