March 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1578

Toughie No 1578 by Busman

Not quite half-a-star difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I gave the last Busman puzzle half-a-star for difficulty. This one was a little more challenging although I had solved all but 5 clues on the first read-through. The last answer in was 27 across where the incorrect enumeration had me fooled for a time.… Continue reading

DT 28076

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28076

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Good Morning everyone from a bright and sunny day in Shropshire. Single-word answers in both the Cryptic and the Quickie, tightly worded clues and even Her Maj is here.… Continue reading

ST 2840

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2840

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 20th March 2016

Another lovely Sunday puzzle – lots of lurkers and other trademark clues – but my favourite is 24d
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Toughie 1577

Toughie No 1577 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Osmosis for an enjoyable Toughie. I proceeded steadily, though not that speedily, through the clues with the NE corner putting up the most resistance.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 28075

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28075

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Hello everybody.  Our Kiwis are winging their way home from Christchurch, but not in time to bring you today’s hints and tips.  I’m delighted to take this chance to blog a Jay puzzle as he’s one of my favourite setters. … Continue reading

Toughie 1576

Toughie No 1576 by Warbler

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Well, here we are at the start of another Toughie week and what a nice and gentle way to ease into it. I like a Warbler puzzle and this one is quite enjoyable, but I just felt I was typing ‘an anagram’ too often.… Continue reading

DT 28074

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28074

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s nothing too scary for the gee-gees today. Most of my time this morning was spent in trying to find the origin of the 1a term. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked it.… Continue reading

Posting of comments

Update: Commenting should be back to normal. Thanks to someone on the WordPress Support Forum who identified the culprit as an update that was applied this morning to the CloudFlare plugin. A new version of this plugin has corrected the problem.


There is a problem with email addresses being incorrectly flagged as invalid.  It is under investigation.  In the meantime I have suspended the check for a valid email address. … Continue reading

Performance Problems – an Update

As I’m sure you are all aware the site has been suffering from poor performance for a long time. Evohosting, the previous hosting company, recommended that I switch to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) provided by Daily Internet, their parent company. I decided instead to move the site to a VPS from SmartHosting over the weekend of 27th/28th February.… Continue reading

DT 28073

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28073

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Happy Easter and Good Morning from the wind and rain battered heart of Downtown L I. It is weather that we should have expected as today is a Bank Holiday.… Continue reading