July 21, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1433

Toughie No 1433 by Excalibur

Hints and Tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty n/aEnjoyment n/a

First time I’ve tried this, so please bear with me. Excalibur is not everyone’s favourite setter (who is?) but today’s puzzle is quite pleasant with some good clue construction and surface readings.… Continue reading

DT 27859

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27859

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This is the type of puzzle that turns up regularly on a Tuesday. It’s straightforward, the clues are all fair and most of the surfaces are meaningful but it all seems a bit mechanical and I end up feeling that there’s something missing – it’s like eating naan bread without a curry.… Continue reading