Author Archives: crypticsue

DT 28534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28534

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 16th September 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday pangram and, like most Saturdays, a few clues to bring out the ‘grumpies’. I haven’t got time to count but there do seem to be a lot of ‘insertions’, anagrams and even an anagram with an insertion too.… Read More

ST 2916

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2916

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 10th September 2017

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

Another lovely Sunday crossword – full of the things we expect from Virgilius – a lurker or two, some splendid cryptic definitions, and for the blogger nice easy-to-explain surface readings.… Read More

MPP 064 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 064

September 2017

A Puzzle by Radler

 

The first names of ten characters from two literary groups (having 12 members in total) are included in the completed grid. Each name is either part of an answer, or is formed at the intersection of two horizontally or vertically adjacent answers. Who’s missing?

The two literary groups are, of course, the Famous Five (Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog) and the Secret Seven (Pam, Janet, Jack, George, Barbara, Peter and Colin).… Read More

DT 28528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28528

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th September 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable, if fairly short-lived solving experience, helped by the fact that I knew the nun and the cricketer and love splendid-sounding words like 4a.… Read More

ST 2915

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2915

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 3rd September 2017

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

Lots to enjoy as is usual for a Sunday morning – at the time of solving I only marked one clue for favouritism so I’ll stick with that – 5d taking the top spot this week.… Read More

DT 28522

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28522

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 2nd September 2017

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

Mister Ron certainly brought out the ‘it’s too difficult’ grumpies with this Saturday Prize Puzzle. I was one of the people who enjoyed having a bit more of a challenge on a Saturday morning, not to mention delighted to get a chance to blog a Mister Ron puzzle as he usually turns up when it’s Gnomethang’s turn on the Saturday review rota, so being holiday-stand-in does have its benefits :)Read More

ST 2914

Sunday Cryptic No 2914

A full review by crypticsue

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

On the day this was published, I said that it was one of those puzzles where I really wished it was my turn to do the review, but that I’d probably get into trouble with the favourites police person as I had so many clues vying for the gold medal spot.… Read More

NTSPP – 395

NTSPP – 395

A Puzzle by Silvanus

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DT 28516

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28516

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 26th August 2017

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

Some nice surface readings, three clues where you knew what to write in just looking at the grid/checking letters (4d, 5d and 6d) and what seems like an awful lot of ‘inserting’ going on, but with a number of different indicators ‘about’ being the only one used twice.… Read More

ST 2913

Sunday Telegraph No 2913

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 20th August 2017

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

A Sunday puzzle that took me longer than usual to solve – I think one of the things that held up me was waiting for the penny to drop for 20d.… Read More