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MPP 031 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 031

December 2014

A puzzle by Alchemi

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The instructions told us that this was not a pangrammatic grid, so the first thing you had to know was that a pangram is something (not necessarily a crossword) containing all the letters of the alphabet. I remember when learning to touch type many moons ago, we were made to type ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ so that’s the first pangram that always comes into my mind.… Read More

DT 27672

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 13th  December 2014

Quite a mixture of clues in this one, with several cryptic definitions which aren’t usually seen as much on Saturdays as they are in the week.… Read More

ST 2773

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th December 2014

 

I found this one a tiny bit trickier than recent Sundays – looking back at it ten days later, I have no idea why. As for a favourite, this week it has to be the trademark Virgilius clue – 18d.… Read More

ST 2772

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 30th November 2014

 

I always draft the review on the same day the puzzle is published, not least because then when I type the prologue I can remember what I thought of the crossword.   For some reason, I didn’t do so this time, but obviously found the solving process  fairly easy and enjoyable, judging by the ratings I gave it at the time.… Read More

NTSPP – 251

NTSPP – 251

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 27654

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 22nd  November 2014

Lovely, straightforward start to my Saturday solving. The fact that there are six anagrams and, as Caravaggio commented “… this puzzle evoked memories of Saturday’s past”, I think this week it is thank you to Cephas rather than one of  the Saturday  Mysterons.… Read More

Toughie 1297

Toughie No 1297 by Elgar

One small step for Elgar …

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

…one giant leap in satisfaction for those of us who like to find a proper Toughie in the middle of the paper.

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DT 27648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 15th November 2014

I seem to solve Saturday puzzles differently to most commenters – last week I found the puzzle really straightforward and this week it took me much longer than usual to solve the crossword, although looking at it now, I have no idea why.… Read More

ST 2769

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2769

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 9th November 2014

Another nice Sunday puzzle, this one with a couple of military references as befits a puzzle published on  Remembrance Sunday.

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MPP 030 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 030

November 2014

Missing Link by Prolixic

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Despite BD reminding people to read the instructions very carefully, over 60% of the entries had an incorrect answer to this month’s ‘question’:  “Seven answers (clued normally) form a series from which a name is missing. Solvers should provide the missing name”.… Read More