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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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DT 27540

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27540

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 12th July 2014

Emergency stand-in blogger here so I can’t remember how difficult I found this as my solved grid is at home. I do remember it didn’t seem like a Cephas puzzle, although it was in theory ‘his’ week.

DT 27534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27534

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th July 2014

Apart from being one of those puzzles that seemed to take a lot longer to solve than it did, this was a fairly average Saturday Mysteron production.

NTSPP – 230

NTSPP – 230

Alphabetical Doggerel by Hieroglyph

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Toughie 1217

Toughie No 1217 by Elgar

For the man without whom…*

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

It has been six weeks since we had a visit from Vlad the Impaler and he makes a welcome return with a right proper Toughie. Took a while to get going – I had a couple of clues solved and then stared at the grid for longer than it took me to solve Tuesday’s ‘Toughie’!. Once I got on to Elgar’s ‘wavelength’ it slowly but surely all fell into place. Lots of clever sneakiness in the clues and so, even if I incur the wrath of the “favourites police”, I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have five favourites today.

DT 27528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27528

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th June 2014

Someone asked on Saturday how we know who the setter is – well Saturdays usually follow a pattern and this should be the turn of Cephas rather than the Mysteron. I have typed the word anagram seven times not including the one in this introduction, and so for me there is no doubt whatsoever that this was a Cephas prize puzzle.

ST 2749

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd June 2014

The sun was shining, the sky was very blue and a lovely Virgilius puzzle to solve over breakfast – what more could anyone want? So many great clues, even Kath allowed ‘joint favourites’!

ST 2748

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th June 2014

Not a particularly difficult Sunday puzzle but the usual perfect entertainment.

MPP – 025 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle – June 2014

A crossword by Alchemi

 

Reviewed by crypticsue

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Congratulations to David Whisstock whose name was drawn out of the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD. David solved the crossword, spotted the words ‘No Nobel’ in column 6 and then (if he was anything like me!) did a bit of investigoogling and found that the only author named in the grid who hadn’t been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature was Peter Ackroyd.