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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

A crossword 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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DT 27582

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27582

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty */*Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th August 2014

Were they to actually read this review, I feel sure that a couple of the usual suspects would disagree with my view that this was typically straightforward offering from the Saturday Mysteron.

DT 27576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27576

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 23rd August 2014

A lot of moans and groans on the day about difficulty and enjoyment level, with comparisons being made with the previous week’s prize puzzle. Having written the reviews for both probably makes me in a good position to compare and contrast – I didn’t find a lot of difference – both took me the same time to solve and the enjoyment rating is the same. Spotting that this one is a pangram and smiling at some of the grumpy comments did add to the entertainment.

ST 2757

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2757

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th August 2014

It didn’t take me long to solve this Sunday puzzle but, as usual, much fun was had while doing so.

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.