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MPP 036 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 036

May 2015

A puzzle by Prolixic

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Many congratulations to Liz    – I hope she enjoys her Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Puzzle book prize.

Semordnilap (palindromes spelled backward) is a name coined for words that spell a different word in reverse.  … Read More

NTSPP – 275

NTSPP – 275

Big Dave by Radler

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DT 27797

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27797

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 9th May 2015

I was hoping that my 400th post would coincide with the fifth anniversary of the email ‘conversation’ that Big Dave and I had on 21st May 2010, where we agreed that I didn’t really have time to be a blogger (!) or failing that,  on the fifth anniversary of my first review published on the 27th May 2010.  … Read More

DT 27791

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27791

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 2nd May 2015

I am confident that I can name the setter of this crossword as Cephas himself assured me when we met in Cambridge that this week would be his turn in the Saturday spot.  … Read More

ST 2793

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2793

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 26th April 2015

The usual Sunday service from Virgilius, including, although you might not notice it unless you were preparing this review, a  lesson in the use of the  letter P  as an abbreviation .  … Read More

ST 2792

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2792

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th April 2015

As usual Sunday morning brings one of the best puzzles of the week.   Thank you once again to Virgilius.… Read More

MPP 035 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 035

April 2015

A puzzle by Radler

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Congratulations to Rabbit Dave who wins his choice from the range of Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Books, having correctly  worked out the anagram of  the letters round the outside of the crossword and knew that the answer to the  question in the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: ‘What is the meaning of “Life, the universe and everything?’ is forty-two, the solution to 12a in Radler’s tricky Monthly Prize Puzzle for April.… Read More

DT 27773

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27773

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 11th April 2015

One of those puzzles that seemed to take longer than it actually did to solve.  I’ll forgive the number of instances of ‘take a letter off’ clues as the anagram indicators are splendidly original this week.  … Read More

ST 2789

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2790

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 5th April 2015

Gnomethang’s on a golfing break in Spain this week, meaning that he misses out not only on the glorious hot sunshine here, but also his scheduled  opportunity to review this excellent crossword.  … Read More

DT 27767

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27767

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 4th April 2015

A couple to make you think, but apart from that, fairy standard Saturday fare.   I have my suspicions as to the setter, but I won’t say anything in case I am wrong again!… Read More