After a late start due to the increasingly frequent problems on the CluedUp website, here are the hints and tips (mainly actual answers today as I was somewhat lacking in inspiration!). Today I have changed the format a little so that the components of the answer, and the answer itself, are in capitals.
Someone at the Telegraph must have been listening, as the Wednesday puzzle used to be the source of a lot of grief, mainly because of the dubious nature of some of the clues. That seems to have changed, as this is a neat, straightforward puzzle.
A full analysis of DT Cryptic No 25846 has now been published as a review. I hope to publish analyses for both weekend puzzles by the following Thursday – starting this week with Peter Biddlecombe’s review of DT 25852.
Last Monday we had a nice easy one to start the week – this one will make you think a little harder, but that’s where this review can help. Don’t forget that clicking on the links reveals supplementary information, some useful and some frivolous.
For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. The mini-poll is currently showing 70% in favour of hints only, so that’s the way it will stay for the time being. A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday, February 19th.
As with last Saturday’s puzzle, there is nothing here to trouble the moderately experienced solver. For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. A full analysis of this puzzle, prepared by Peter Biddlecombe, will be available at 12.00 next Thursday, February 19th. Peter was Times crossword champion in 2000 and 2007 and is a pioneer in crossword blogging (see Times for the Times).
I found myself appreciating this puzzle even more as I prepared the hints – there are references to three classic books, and a nursery rhyme. While not trivially easy, this is a well constructed puzzle which is well worth the effort taken to solve. Don’t forget the highlighted items give supplementary information and, usually, the answer.
This is the first contribution from Libellule, so I hope you all enjoy it – I certainly did. Once again, the highlighted items link to supplementary information, often the answer to the clue. Don’t forget to let both of us know, via the comments below, what you think. BD