January 6, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 698

Toughie No 698 by Elgar

Value for Money!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. After a lovely break in the Lake District (embarrassing photos safely locked away), it’s back to the wordface with this beast of a puzzle from Elgar. Thanks to Jon for stepping in and blogging last Friday’s wonderful Micawber puzzle so brilliantly.

There is a theme running through Elgar’s puzzle today related to a famous film dynasty and a couple of their most famous oeuvres, a musical connection to the films and a further musical theme. Value for money indeed from our esteemed setter. The clues are up to the usual high standard with a couple of Downs that take quite a bit of understanding.

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ST 100003

Sunday Telegraph Christmas Day Cryptic No 100,003

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Afternoon All! Suddenly this excellent festive puzzle on Christmas Day by Virgilius seems an awfully long way away as my nose is well and truly back on the grindstone!. All of the across clues can have the word CHRISTMAS either before or after them as described in 16a. I found this an excellent puzzle and was just right for the Christmas morning. Continue reading “ST 100003”

DT 26755

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26755

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This was a game of two halves for me. Three-quarters of the grid went in fairly quickly, then I got held up in the NE corner where I was convinced that 9a was going to be a country and that the definition of 5d was “provided” – some nice bits of misdirection here. Thanks to Giovanni for a very enjoyable puzzle.
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DT 26750

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26750

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! –What with the Christmas puzzle closing dates being spread out we have two Saturday puzzles to review and this is the second after Crypticsue’s (she will be continuing in the next two weeks with the Sundays). This was all back to normal from Cephas and I liked this one particularly for the good start at 1 Across

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DT 26744

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26744

A Full Review by Crypticsue

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

Christmas Eve seems a long time ago but that is when we were treated to this special seasonally- themed puzzle from Rufus.  I always enjoy one of his  Monday puzzles as they are a good straightforward start  to the crosswording week and so it was nice to have this extra Saturday treat, with just the right level of difficulty for a busy day.   My only slight quibble would be that it does seem a little heavy on the double definitions.


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