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MPP 048 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 048

May 2016

A Puzzle by Radler

Congratulations to Nigel F who successfully managed solve this tricky Radler puzzle, see the Nina that ran from the first letter of 9d diagonally down to the final letter of 32a – FRUIT AND NUTS – and realise that the solution to 1a was BANANAS.   This enabled him to enter the competition and, as he was the lucky person picked from the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD, Nigel can  now  claim a Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Book as his prize.… Read More

DT 28120 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28120 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by crypticsue

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Big Dave and a number of our bloggers and commenters are in Derby today for an S&B gathering, which I might have attended, had my ‘entertainment budget’ not been committed to the S&B in London next Tuesday.   … Read More

NTSPP – 327

NTSPP – 327

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 28108

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28108

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 7th May 2016

For once the backpage crossword actually appeared on the back of the paper last Saturday.  I found it an interesting mix of the old friend, the ‘I wonder what our overseas solvers will make of this one?’ and a grid in which even I, a long-standing non-noticer of grids,  couldn’t fail to spot the double unches. … Read More

NTSPP – 326

NTSPP – 326

A Puzzle by Lohengrin

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DT 28102

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28102

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th April 2016

I’d say this slightly trickier than usual  Saturday puzzle was a Mysteron production .   There appeared to be quite a bit of two of the same clue type in a row and a mistake in 17d.… Read More

ST 2845

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2845

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 24th April 2016

If only all crosswords were such a joy to solve and review as the Sunday Telegraph Cryptic, this one being no exception. … Read More

ST 2844

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2844

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th April 2016

Lovely stuff as we have come to expect on Sundays.   A particular well-hidden lurker and some triple definitions added to the fun.  … Read More

NTSPP – 324

NTSPP – 324

“Ale Here” by Elgar

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DT 28090

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28090

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th April 2016

Apparently this crossword didn’t take me long to solve.   Bashing out a quick review has revealed that there seems to be an awful  lot of inserting something into something else

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