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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.

ST 2756

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th August 2014

A nice straightforward Sunday puzzle – perfect for the very tired solver/blogger. There is always something you notice when typing a review of a puzzle that doesn’t immediately seem obvious when solving – this week there were eleven instances of inserting something into something else. My favourite clue wasn’t one of those clues, but the splendid 17d.

MPP 027 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 027

August 2014

A crossword by Prolixic

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Congratulations to Rob Ford who was the winner of this month’s prize puzzle and wins a copy of the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary.

The question to be answered by solving this month’s crossword was “Eight consecutive answers form a pun on a famous song. Who had a hit with the original version?”

Starting at 9 Across – YEW PICTURE FIN THYME TWO LEAVED MEAL LOOSE HEEL can, if you say it correctly, sound like the song title “You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille’ which was originally a hit for Kenny Rogers.

DT 27558

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27558

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 2nd August 2014

This Saturday Puzzle took me longer than usual to solve but I don’t really know why . My stand out favourite is 9d

Toughie 1234

Toughie No 1234 by Excalibur

A Shirley Temple or something a little stronger??

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

A Tuesday level Toughie from Excalibur with several opportunities to type ‘from the clue’ as I prepared the blog. The difficulty rating is 2.5 because parsing some of the clues did take slightly longer than usual