June 16, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1622

Toughie No 1622 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I often struggle with Beam puzzles and this time I was well down the second cup of coffee before I’d filled the grid and then I spent a lot more time trying to parse some of the answers.… Continue reading

DT 28142

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28142

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from Los Alcázares to where I have retreated with a stidkig code id the dose. I recommend you avoid these hints like the plague because they are probably highly infectious.  Hopefully not with plague but some sort of Canarian lurgy which pommette picked up in Tenerife and has now generously passed on to me.

Fortunately I don’t think many of you will need the hints today.  There are five fairly straightforward anagrams to get you going and a few gimmes as well.  Once checkers are in place the other trickier clues will probably fall into place as they did for me.  There’s a few smiles along the way and a couple of off the wall definitions so I’ve gone for **** for enjoyment. I have an idea who the setter might be but I’m not saying yet, you all know my record in that area.

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ST 2851

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2851

A full review by gnomethang

This puzzle was published on 5th June 2016

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

Morning! This was a tremendously enjoyable puzzle in my opinion. The surface readings were so good an dmisleading that even the clues that were constructed in a straightforward way were difficult to spot.

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