May 16, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1812 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1812 by Warbler

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BD Rating  – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Greetings from London, where I shall raise a glass to your good health.  We have a special Toughie today:

The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers inside the HAPPY 100th Warbler!Continue reading >

DT 28428 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28428

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back page blog.  My first pass through the acrosses this morning yielded only a couple of answers and a growing feeling of panic.  Fortunately the downs were more friendly, and they provided a foundation on which to fill the grid from the bottom up.  I did find a few clues quite tricky to parse, which bumped up both my difficulty and enjoyment ratings.  The smooth surfaces, avoidance of obscure general knowledge, and use of a few complex clue constructions have me thinking that today’s setter might be Mister Ron?… Continue reading >