December 16, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1727 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1727 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

At the time of solving I did not know who the compiler was. The Nina hinted Sparks to me, but turns out I was wrong. CS e-mailed me to let me know it was Notabilis (many thanks Sue), and indeed, there is plenty of his trademark precision – though I didn’t find this one of his easier puzzles.… Continue reading >

DT 28299 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28299

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where after a damp, grey start to the day the sun has put in a welcome appearance.

Today’s Giovanni didn’t take me very long at all, hence the * rating.… Continue reading >

DT 28294 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28294

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 10th December

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

 

It is very rare on a Saturday that I’d have suggested starting with the Downs, but I got on much better with them to start with than I did with the Acrosses.   My favourite has to be 10a, not least because thinking of the national treasure that is the lovely Sir David always makes me smile.

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