May 30, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1820

Toughie No 1820 by MynoT

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Hi.  I hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.  We return to normality with this pleasant puzzle from MynoT.  I was underwhelmed by a few of the surfaces and generally inclined to be grumpy today – but perhaps I’m just suffering from the after effects of being spun around on the back page blog!… Continue reading

DT 28440

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28440

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Hello, everyone.  For me, learning new words is one of the pleasures of solving cryptics.  Over the weekend I learned a new word, but in a different way, namely through meeting this impressive creature while hiking [Click for a bigger version]:

She’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  Curiously, many of them had arranged themselves in clusters on an area of moist sand, like this:

After a little research I learned that this butterfly behaviour has a name – it’s called mud-puddling, an amusing word that I had never heard before.  Sadly, it’s not in Chambers, so I expect that we won’t be seeing it on the back page anytime soon.… Continue reading