April 25, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1800

Toughie No 1800 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***


Welcome to another week of Toughies.

As is so often the case, I find Giovanni puzzles hard to rate for difficulty.  With no fiendish wordplay I filled the grid at a fast-for-Kitty pace, but did need the odd peek at references. … Continue reading

DT 28410

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28410

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  - Difficulty **/*** - Enjoyment **/***


Hello everyone.  I suspect that today’s crossword may divide opinions.  I didn’t find anything particularly tricky in the construction of the clues, but I did encounter some difficulties arising from the setter’s use of some obscure (to me) words and place names.  All were gettable from the wordplay, but Mr Google was needed to verify the parsing.  I didn’t enjoy it a great deal, but that may be at least partly because I’m also frantically trying to meet a deadline at work.  For the same reason, there’s no cruciverbal research this week.  So, it’s straight on to the hinty part of the blog.… Continue reading