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MPP 056 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 056

January 2017

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

 

Congratulations to Silvanus who solved the crossword, looked carefully at the grid, found the nine synonyms for cross, answered the question, entered the competition and was the lucky person drawn from the electronic hat by Mrs BD, and so wins a Telegraph Crossword Book.

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NTSPP – 363

NTSPP – 363

Apprentice USA by Vigo

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Toughie 1747

Toughie No 1747 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Two weeks ago when Dutch emailed me to ask if I’d like to stand in for him this Friday while he was off on his travels, we discussed who we thought the setter might be today.  … Read More

DT 28324

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28324

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 14th January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Oh dear – normally I write the introduction at the same time as I draft the review on a Saturday afternoon, but for some reason I didn’t do so, and now it is Thursday evening and I can’t remember what I thought about the crossword.… Read More

NTSPP – 362

NTSPP – 362

A Puzzle by Knut

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DT 28318

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28318

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 7 January

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

 

Another Saturday, another Prize Puzzle, the only hold up for many of us being putting the wrong ‘underground deposit’ in 12d and then finding that 22a “wouldn’t work”

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ST 2880

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2880

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 1 January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another super Sunday puzzle – I’ve given up making 12a’s about spotting Ninas in crosswords – I missed this one too – the word BREXIT was clearly visible in row 2, if you’d remembered to look, that is!… Read More

ST 100008

Christmas Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 100008

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 25th December

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Perfect Christmas morning entertainment, with some very nice themed clues.   I’m going to select 13a, 4d, 6df and 15d for ‘special mention’

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NTSPP – 360

NTSPP – 360

Malin by Chalicea

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DT 28306

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28306

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 24th December

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

 If you like cryptic definition clues and are fond of an anagram, this Christmas Eve offering would have suited you down to the ground.  … Read More