March 2015 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27755

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27755

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 21st March 2015

Morning All! There were some fun clues that tripped me up on the day but I found this a fine solve. Continue reading “DT 27755”

Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-Toughie which wasn’t much of a challenge

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Continue reading

DT 27759

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27759

Hints and tips by Pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s nice and sunny but there is what my Grandad used to call a “Lazy wind”. It’s too idle to go round you so it just goes straight through you!

What put this puzzle into 3* territory is that some of the synonyms are really stretching things to the limit. To be fair though if you look up the answers in a thesaurus you’ll always find the definition from the clue listed as a synonym so one can’t really complain. I enjoyed the head scratching (nits perhaps?) but I’ll be interested in your comments.  I don’t know who the setter is but I have my suspicions.
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ST 2787

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2787

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th March 2015

Morning All!. This was an exercise in smooth clueing that made the solve tricky since it was hard to insert the mental crowbar between definition and wordplay. There were a number of shin kicking moments when I realised how easily I had been duped but absolutely no complaints here. Excellent stuff!

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Toughie 1366

Toughie No 1366 by Beam

Separating the Sheep from the Goats

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

As crypticsue emailed me this morning “No-one can say Ray T hasn’t given us ‘innuendo’ in his puzzle today”. This was very enjoyable but I found it (especially the left-hand side) quite tricky.… Continue reading

DT 27758

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27758

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa (Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all). We thought it was about time that we introduced another Maori greeting. This is a somewhat formal one. Perhaps one that would be used if a group of visitors are being welcomed to a marae or meeting house.
Jay has kept us well entertained once again this week.

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Toughie 1365

Toughie No 1365 by Messinae

Bullseye!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A puzzle that, in common with many Tuesday Toughies, would sit happily on the back page.  Thanks to Pegasus for pointing out the Nina in columns 1 and 15 which nicely ties in with 5 Down.… Continue reading

DT 27757

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27757

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

We crossword solvers are a demanding lot – we want a puzzle that puts up a bit of a fight, ideally gives us a couple of laughs but finally submits so that we get a sense of achievement.… Continue reading

DT 27756

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27756

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Apart from hidden words all of our needs are satisfied by todays puzzle. We have food and drink to keep us going, garments to keep us warm, somewhere to live, games to play a country to visit and a military leader should we choose to invade it.… Continue reading