Author Archives: crypticsue

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.

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 solving 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.

As for who set it – I’m going to go for a Saturday Mysteron, based on, amongst other things, noticing that there are only two anagrams (and Cephas usually gives us more) and seven double-definitions which doesn’t seem very Cephas-like either.

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.

 

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”. The series was, of course, British royal dynasties and the missing one was SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA – the correct entry drawn out of the electronic ‘hat’ came from someone well known to fans of Rookie Corner – Beet. Congratulations to her, she wins a choice of Telegraph puzzle books published by Hamlyn.

 

NTSPP – 249

NTSPP – 249

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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ST 2768

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2768

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Crossword solving doesn’t get much more enjoyable than this unless you are the reviewer so you get to enjoy it twice over!

 

NTSPP – 247

NTSPP – 247

An Alphabetical Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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DT 27630

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27630 A full review by crypticsue + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment *** This puzzle was published on Saturday, 25th October 2014 A typical Saturday Mysteron puzzle, this time with some interesting insertion indicators.

ST 2767 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2767 (Hints)

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

NTSPP – 246

NTSPP – 246

Sloggers & Betters by Elgar

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