As Toughies go this one is pretty easy (it’s an ideal one to start on if you’re dipping your toe in such waters for the first time; just don’t expect them all to be as easy as this!). That said, there are a few cleverly-worded and enjoyable clues amongst the easy ones, and a distinct lack of very obscure words, which is a major benefit in my opinion.
I found this one to be a little harder than usual, but on looking back at it I’m not sure why. As has been said before, some days you are on the same wavelength as the setter, other days it just doesn’t happen. Today for me was one of the latter.
The more of these puzzles that you do, the more you begin to appreciate them. This one had the handful of lesser-known words that seem to be mandatory these days, and a UK-centric term just to fool Dr b and any other Americans that might venture into Toughie territory!
Thanks to one of the regular ScrewUps on a well known site my account was deactivated yesterday, despite having 10 months to run on my subscription. I thought perhaps someone had been upset about the ScrewedUp News, but I was advised that this had happened to a number of people. I was reinstated ealier today, but I am running further behind than usual.
This one is a fairly typical Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword – workmanlike with nothing too complicated. As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space inside if you’re totally stumped.
Mar 16 – Quick General Knowledge No 86 eventually appeared at some time during the weekend. I can’t check the faulty Codeword as my account has been “deactivated” and I get asked for money in order to continue – yet another problem, as I’m paid up until next January. Apparently a number of other people have been affected by this glitch.
Mar 18 – Codewords No 1249 has now been updated, and it works!!
I live in hope that a weekend will pass without an edition of the ScrewedUp News. Well, it’s not going to be this weekend. Today the Quick General Knowledge No 86 is missing.
I have added a new page, under Contact (see sidebar), for all matters relating to the CluedUp site. Sensible suggestions will periodically be passed on to the Telegraph Puzzles Editor.