June 2015 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27819

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27819

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ****Enjoyment ****

Good morning everyone. What a beautiful morning it is in Oxford – it feels like summer at last. Now on to the crossword – I confess that my first feelings were those of total panic!… Continue reading

Toughie 1406

Toughie No 1406 by Elkamere

Playing with Fire

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

Elkamere is brilliant at providing definitions in plain sight but disguising them so well that they are difficult to spot. I thought that this was really enjoyable – it took me some time to get going and I never really managed to get into top gear, having to tease out each answer.… Continue reading

DT 27818

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27818

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Despite the difference in seasons, it seems that the weather in UK at present is very similar to what we are having here. Thick jackets and woolly hats were needed for our regular beach walk this morning but at least we did not need umbrellas.
No significant blog birthdays today that we know of, so lets just settle back and enjoy what Jay has given us today.

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Toughie 1405

Toughie No 1405 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment *****

Four English novelists, an English philosopher, at least three saints, Oxford shoes (and academics), a cathedral city, a classical language and a Tribe of Israel. Yes, folks, it's the Don, who is all over the papers today on the occasion of his 70th birthday. (Mind you, there is a piece of multicultural English slang in there too!)

[EDIT: Not just all over the papers, but all over this puzzle too -- look carefully!]

Happy birthday, Don Manley, and thank you for a characteristically flawless puzzle pitched just at the right level for a Tuesday Toughie.

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DT 27817

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27817

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Good morning from North Devon on what is another dark, cold, wet and thoroughly miserable June day. My mood wasn’t lightened much by this puzzle. It has a plethora of proper nouns, including a mini Poets’ Corner in the SW quadrant.… Continue reading

DT 27816

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27816

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of Monday’s blogging team has been hard at work this weekend, the other hard at play. As the latter, it falls to me to do the hints today.… Continue reading