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MPP 073 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle 073 – Review

June 2018

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

How many solutions cryptically describe a bad hair day?

Congratulations to  LetterboxRoy who submitted a correct answer, had his name drawn from the electronic hat by Mrs BD, and can now choose a Telegraph Puzzle Book as his prize.

There were eight solutions where ENDS were ‘split’ – 5a, 10a, 11a, 14a, 22a, 26a, 27a and 20d – I’m still of the view that split ends are more of a permanent problem than a bad hair day (unless of course you are the current POTUS) which is probably why, when test solving this puzzle, I couldn’t see what I was supposed to be looking for to answer the question.… Read More

DT 28761

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28761

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th June 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this very tricky for an inside back pager, let alone a Saturday Prize Puzzle which people always assume will be on the straightforward side to attract more entries into the competition.… Read More

ST 2954

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2954

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 3rd June 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Superb as per usual – if it wasn’t for the splendid 25a and 14d, I might raise my usual quibble about the number of clues in a row requiring something to be inserted into something else, but I’ll just content myself with awarding 4* for enjoyment rather than 5.… Read More

NTSPP – 435

NTSPP – 435

A Puzzle by Snape

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NTSPP – 434

NTSPP – 434

No Tears by Chalicea

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DT 28749

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28749

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 26th May 2018

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

Standing in at the last minute for Gnomethang, I can’t remember an awful lot about solving this crossword but I do remember the earworm produced by 18a

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ST 2592

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2592

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 20th May 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Great surface readings in another fine Sunday puzzle – my Across favourite is 20a and my Down favourite is 2d

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NTSPP – 433

NTSPP – 433

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 28743

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28743

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th May 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

After the previous week’s particularly straightforward crossword, this one was definitely back in the new regime’s Trickier Saturday bracket.… Read More

ST 2951

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2951

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 13th May 2018

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

The usual Virgilius Sunday treat – however, while typing the review, I found that there are eleven clues requiring insertions, eight in the Acrosses, and three with the same indicator, which made me a little grumpy so I removed half a star from my enjoyment rating

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