June 6, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1824

Toughie No 1824 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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


Hi all.  I’m a bit distracted of thought and bleary of eye today so I’m really not too sure what I made of this.  I didn’t have too many problems for the most part but sorting out my last few answers took some time and cogitation.… Continue reading

DT 28446

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28446

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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


Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  Today we have a puzzle packed full of clues with smooth surface readings and free of anything that required a visit to the interwebs for clarification.  I found it a steady solve producing plenty of smiles.  I have my suspicions about the setter’s identity, and I have illustrated accordingly, but I’m keeping my guess to myself because in hindsight I think I might have misattributed the pangram we saw a fortnight ago.  But please feel free to speculate, and perhaps we’ll be rewarded with a visit from the setter if you’re right (or even if you’re wrong).… Continue reading