December 28, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 901

Toughie No 901 by Micawber

That Was the Year that Was!

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Greetings from Nether Wasdale! I am away on a week’s holiday, but couldn’t resist bringing you the annual offering from Micawber reviewing the year’s news. As usual, it’s a lovely offering that makes you smile and brings back some of the characters that hit the headlines in 2012 (though I suspect a certain Elgar will be disappointed his hero Silvio hasn’t made an appearance).

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a belated Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this lovely site to life and especially Big Dave for all his work in keeping it running. A special word of appreciation though to Mrs BD (aka the lovely Pam) for putting up with His Nibs! I shall be back regularly after my break once I have got on top of my Open University course and one or two other things. Speaking of our glorious leader, I must thank him for nudging me on a few of these explanations that baffled me!

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DT 27060

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27,060

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Gazza has very kindly offered me the chance to do an on-the-day blog – if it is raining as much in Devon as it is in East Kent, I hope he has opted for the long lie-in rather than the early dog-walking option!

You always know what to expect on the back page of the paper on a Friday morning,   and the final Giovanni of 2012 turned out exactly as expected with a good mix of clues, with a couple of chances to smile and some which I know are bound to give rise to comment!

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ST 2670

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2670

A full review by gnomethang

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

Afternoon All!. Apologies for the tardiness of the blog – I clean forgot about it and have been a tad unwell over the festive period so was soundly asleep this morning instead of reviewing this very entertaining Virgilius puzzle.

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