March 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1787 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1787 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A tricky puzzle that I finished in just over 2* time. Trademark seamless precision, lots of innovative wordplay and misleading definitions – including several clever part-of-speech misleads –  made this a most enjoyable solve.… Continue reading >

DT 28389 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28389

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs this Spring morning.

Quite gentle from Giovanni today, so far as I was concerned, though the times reported so far on the puzzles website leaderboard suggest others may find it more taxing.… Continue reading >

Toughie 1786 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1786 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

The gentle Toughie week continues with what was probably my second fastest ever solve of a Toughie. On the cup-of-coffee scale of difficulty this ranked at one mouthful.… Continue reading >

DT 28388 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28388

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. As usual on a non-Ray T Thursday I’m not making any guesses about who set today’s crossword. I found it quite tricky to get started, which is why I’ve given it 3* for difficulty, but most things fell into place once I got a few answers in – a couple of them made me panic a bit.… Continue reading >

ST 2891 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2891

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 19th March

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Sunday puzzles are always so good that it is hard to think of anything original to say when drafting the review prologue.   I have no special favourites this time, as the whole thing was a pleasure to both solve and review.

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Toughie 1785 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1785 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a pretty gentle but enjoyable Toughie today – thanks to Kcit. I noticed when writing the hints how often we had to add or subtract the first or last letter from words.… Continue reading >

DT 28387 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28387

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We do have to believe that it is autumn now. We are having a run of warm sunny days but the shortening daylight hours, colour change on deciduous trees and particularly the departure from the estuary of our special flock of godwits, all tell us that frosty mornings and cosy wood-fires in the evening are not too far away.… Continue reading >

Toughie 1784 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1784 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Tilsit (and Dexter)

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings everyone.

It’s the start of another Toughie week and we have the Don to set things in motion. A really enjoyable puzzle that hits the spot for a Tuesday Teaser, not too tough, a few headscratchers and nothing too obscure.… Continue reading >

DT 28386 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28386

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this offering from one of the Tuesday setters. I didn’t enjoy it all that much when I was solving, partly because it needed some general knowledge that I lacked and partly because some of the surfaces are really a bit clunky.… Continue reading >