Author Archives: crypticsue

DT 28150

Daily Telegraph No 28150

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 25th June 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

 

A nice Saturday puzzle which didn’t cause me many problems, and my view was shared by many of the commenters on the day.… Read More

ST 2853

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2853

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 19th June 2016

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

 

I found this slightly trickier than some recent Sunday puzzles but as enjoyable as ever.

Please a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2852

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2852

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 12th June 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Another Sunday and another chance for me to scratch my head and try to think (in this case without much success) of something original to say about the wonderful cryptic treats we get each week  from the ever inventive Virgilius, without incurring the wrath of the “favourites” police.  … Read More

MPP 049 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 049

June 2016

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

Many congratulations to Maize, the winner of the June Prize Puzzle competition, who wins one of the Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle books as his prize.

If MPP’s had subtitles this one would definitely be called “What a coincidence” – regular readers of the blog will be aware that every time a setter calls a particular chess piece a castle, there will be a number of comments from the pedantic about how it isn’t a castle, it’s a rook.  … Read More

NTSPP – 331

NTSPP – 331

Stripey Horse (5) by Chalicea

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This puzzle is dedicated to Hilary and deliberately incorporates as many crosswordese 3 downs as could be fitted into the grid and clues.

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DT28132

Daily Telegraph No 28132

A full review by Crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 4 June 2016

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

 Another Saturday Prize Puzzle that didn’t take long to solve, although there were a couple of clues where I thought ‘I wonder what Brian will think of that’ and some interesting insertion indicators.… Read More

ST 2850

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2850

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 29 May 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A Virgilius puzzle is always worth looking at twice, and in my case this time enjoy all the more as I hadn’t expected to be reviewing it, and so had forgotten how splendid it was until I enjoyed it all over again while typing this out.… Read More

NTSPP – 330

NTSPP – 330

An Alphabetical Puzzle by Knut

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DT 28126

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28126

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th May 2016

I took a bit longer over this one but can’t particularly see why now I’m typing the review.   I didn’t notice that it was a pangram until quite far along  in the solving process which might have something to do with it.    Read More

ST 2849

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd May 2016

Another fine Sunday puzzle, the enjoyment of which was slightly spoiled for me when I realised how many times I was typing the word ‘inserted’ when preparing this review.  Read More