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DT 27570

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27570

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th August 2014

I thought it was just me being exhausted after nearly two weeks of “holidaying” and Granny duties, but it turned out that quite a lot of other people thought this was a trickier than usual Saturday puzzle.

ST 2756

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th August 2014

A nice straightforward Sunday puzzle – perfect for the very tired solver/blogger. There is always something you notice when typing a review of a puzzle that doesn’t immediately seem obvious when solving – this week there were eleven instances of inserting something into something else. My favourite clue wasn’t one of those clues, but the splendid 17d.

MPP 027 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 027

August 2014

A crossword by Prolixic

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Congratulations to Rob Ford who was the winner of this month’s prize puzzle and wins a copy of the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary.

The question to be answered by solving this month’s crossword was “Eight consecutive answers form a pun on a famous song. Who had a hit with the original version?”

Starting at 9 Across – YEW PICTURE FIN THYME TWO LEAVED MEAL LOOSE HEEL can, if you say it correctly, sound like the song title “You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille’ which was originally a hit for Kenny Rogers.

DT 27558

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27558

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 2nd August 2014

This Saturday Puzzle took me longer than usual to solve but I don’t really know why . My stand out favourite is 9d

Toughie 1234

Toughie No 1234 by Excalibur

A Shirley Temple or something a little stronger??

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

A Tuesday level Toughie from Excalibur with several opportunities to type ‘from the clue’ as I prepared the blog. The difficulty rating is 2.5 because parsing some of the clues did take slightly longer than usual

NTSPP – 234

NTSPP – 234

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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DT 27552

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27552

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 26th July 2014

I was slow to get started with this one, but, in the end, thought it a fairly typical Saturday Prize Puzzle.

ST 2753

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2753

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 20th July 2014

Trickier than the previous few Sundays but the usual real treat of a solve.

ST 2752

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2752

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 13th July 2014

A big thank you to Virgilius for another fine example of the ‘best puzzle of the week’ – quite a few double definitions this time but the stand out favourite has to be the laugh-out-loud moment when you ‘get’ 4d.

NTSPP – 232

NTSPP – 232

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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