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ST 2764

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2764

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 5th October 2014

A lovely sunny Sunday, and to make the day even better, a superb Sunday puzzle from Virgilius. So much to enjoy in this one, quintuple definitions, words hidden three times, topical references, I could go on and on… perhaps I’d better just keep Kath happy and say my top favourite was 6d.

NTSPP – 244

NTSPP – 244

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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Toughie 1270

Toughie No 1270 by Excalibur

One for the bird’s … or do I mean birds?!

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

A typical Excalibur puzzle to fill the Tuesday ‘Toughie’ slot.

DT 27606

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27606 A full review by crypticsue + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment *** This puzzle was published on Saturday, 27th September 2014 Congratulations to the Saturday Mysteron who, if my reading of the Nina – complete […]

DT 27600

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 20th September 2014

Thanks to Cephas for a perfect puzzle for a hectic Saturday – no time at all to solve this pangram with several of the cryptic definitions earning it a whole extra enjoyment star.

ST 2761

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2761

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 14th September 2014

I do like Sunday mornings – a little lie-in and then the best crossword of the week to solve, and then (because I am a girl and we always get our homework done early!) to enjoy all over again in the afternoon if it is my turn to draft the review. A lovely mix of clues – all the Virgilius trade mark clues were there – and my favourite has to be 24d.

MPP 028 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 028

September 2014

Latitude by Alchemi

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Congratulations to this month’s winner – A. Weir – who correctly gave Harare (17:51 S) as being nearest to “eighteen degrees S” – the parallel of latitude found in across rows four and 12 of the crossword.

I don’t know whether they used Google to find out which of the places named in the solutions was on this parallel of latitude, but I used an atlas when I test-solved the crossword, which led to our setter changing the wording of the question so that entrants would know that Harare was the answer needed to win the Chambers XWD – A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations. Incorrect entries included Port-au-Prince (18:32 N)(my original answer) , Rio de Janeiro (22:54 S) and Mogadishu (02:02 N)

 

ST 2760

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th September 2014

One of those crosswords where the solving process seemed to be taking longer than the actual time it took, or was that just waiting for the amphibian to hop across the pond in my favourite clue, 7d?

NTSPP – 240

NTSPP – 240

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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NTSPP – 239

NTSPP – 239

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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