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NTSPP – 290

NTSPP – 290

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27887

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27887

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on 22nd August 2015

A particularly 12a crossword, even for a Saturday, which left bloggers like me who can edit comments with a bit of a dilemma – when four people commented without taking notice of the instructions in the  Big Red Box, would xxxing out the offending word give more away than leaving well alone?… Read More

ST 2809

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2809

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 16th August 2015

What a difference a week makes – a straightforward solve and a pleasure to enjoy a second time while drafting the review… Read More

Toughie 1453

Toughie No 1453 by Excalibur

Should have gone to Specsavers??

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I quite enjoyed this gentle start to the Toughie week, even though it was annoying to find the paper hadn’t got the right clue for 3d, but had instead an amended version (which matched the online version) of 4d.   … Read More

NTSPP – 289

NTSPP – 289

A Puzzle by Knut

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DT 27881

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27881

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on 15th August 2015

I’ve been trying to remember why I enjoyed this Mysteron puzzle more than some Saturdays, but there’s a lot happened in the interim so I’m not sure whether it was just because it was a smidge trickier than usual Saturday puzzles.… Read More

ST 2808

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2808

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 9th August 2015

This particular Sunday crossword differed from the norm, being trickier and not as much fun as usual to solve and a bit of a trial to review (not least because I had to keep checking the hints and tips page to make sure I’d got all the ‘newspaper’ clues added).  … Read More

MPP 039 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 039

August 2015

A puzzle by Radler

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A particularly difficult challenge from Radler for the August MPP slot –   I am not alone in the view that, if he hadn’t made the misprinted words bold, it would have been impossible to solve the puzzle

Take all the ‘changed’ letters – I A M O F A L L I S U R V E Y and if you know The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk you will know that the solution to 17a MONARCH is the missing word you needed to put on the entry form for the August competition.  … Read More

DT 27875

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27875

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on 8th August 2015

I returned from a super day at the beach, having solved this crossword there in a tiny bit more than my normal ‘straightforward puzzle’ time, whilst having a conversation with one of my nieces as to why she should add Sicily to her list of places to visit one day, and was very surprised to find that the majority of commenters found this particular Saturday puzzle difficult.… Read More

ST 2807

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2807

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 2nd August 2015

I’m standing in for Gnomey who is “doing his bit for the Greek economy”, although possibly not getting quite as much sun as he hoped – he was having to shelter his beer from the rain in the last post I saw. … Read More