May 2, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1804

Toughie No 1804 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****


Hi everyone.  I hope you had a lovely long weekend.  I did, though I’m not sure my liver would agree.

We return to weekdays in Toughieland (where every weekend is a long one) with a very pleasant puzzle which would have raised more smiles if I hadn’t been battling so hard to keep my eyes open. … Continue reading

DT 28416

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28416

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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


Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday crossword.  Today we have a puzzle both packed with smooth surfaces and mostly free of obscurities (I did have to look up one answer, but I’m foreign and English history was not a big part of my education).  There are a couple of new-to-me clue constructions that provided an enjoyable parsing challenge.  Based on those familiar ingredients, I’m going to stick my neck out and suggest that this is the work of Mister Ron.  Bearing in mind  his comments from a fortnight ago, I counted the number of unique letters employed and got 18, so perhaps today is a warm-up for an assault on the minimum letter count record?… Continue reading