December 26, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 899

Toughie No 899 by Notabilis

Theme for Today

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

We have an excellent themed puzzle from Notabilis based on what we in the UK call today (I’m not sure which other parts of the world use the same name). The difficulty level which you experience with this may depend on how familiar you are with the names of pugilists. When I was growing up I was quite interested in following the noble art (listening under the bedclothes to commentaries from the USA at 3 a.m., for example) but I lost interest when four or five different organisations all started having their own world champions, so I’m pleased that many of our names today are from several years ago.
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DT 27058

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27058

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Firstly thanks to Dave for covering for me while I was away. Also, a (belated) Season’s Greetings for a Happy New Year to one and all on this blog. Today, the day after, a puzzle with various references to the festivities. All quite straightforward, except for the last one in. Still, a 2.5-3* for enjoyment and difficulty. Thanks to setter.

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