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Prize Puzzle – April 2014 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – April 2014

A crossword by Prolixic

Reviewed by crypticsue

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Congratulations to Milvus who solved this fine crossword (I thought there were some lovely surface readings) and then spotted “the who, where and with what” needed to solve the mystery and enter the competition, winning a choice of Hamlyn Telegraph puzzle books. If you still haven’t solved the crime, there is a handy grid at the bottom of this review which reveals all.

DT 27462

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27462

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 12th April 2014

The Saturday Mysteron seems to have upped the difficulty level for his last couple of appearances which for me anyway increases the enjoyment factor.

 

Toughie 1170

Toughie No 1170 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

A straightforward Toughie to start the week, although I think our setter was in fighting mood when she worked on some of the clues!

NTSPP – 218

NTSPP – 218

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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DT 27456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27456

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th April 2014

A fairly typical Saturday puzzle – I did wonder whether a couple of the clues had been inspired by a visit to the zoo!

 

ST 2737

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2737

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 30th March 2014

The clocks changing meant that I solved this very enjoyable Virgilius puzzle at what seemed to my sleepy head a very early hour but that didn’t detract from the entertainment. Top favourites have to be 19a and 25d, the latter because I love the way our setter always hides something more than once.

 

ST 2736

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2736

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 23rd March 2014

There are many reasons why I like to draft the review of a weekend puzzle on the same day that I solve it, firstly so that my impressions of the solving experience remain fresh in my mind, and also so there are no last minute hiccups. It also means that when reviewing a Virgilius puzzle as good as this one, I can have double the fun on the day, marvelling at the fine wordplay and surface readings – I was so reluctant to put this particular crossword down, that this review was drafted before even a potato was peeled for Sunday lunch!

One expects clever cluing and sneakiness from Virgilius, but parts of this were extra sneaky – the wordplay for 10a being a fine example.

DT 27438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27438

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Saturday 15th March 2014

The Saturday Mysteron* in double definition mode this week, but with a couple of lovely &Lits too.

NTSPP – 214

NTSPP – 214

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 27432

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27432

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday 8th March 2014

If you weren’t sure whether it was the turn of Cephas or the Mysteron to produce the Saturday Prize Puzzle, typing ‘anagram’ ten times while producing this review would certainly seem to confirm that it is the work of the former rather than the latter.