Monthly Archives: August 2017

Toughie 1874

Toughie No 1874 by Beam

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Bufo is off for a couple of weeks, so you’re getting me today and Tilsit next Thursday.  I don’t think I could have wished for a better puzzle for my debut Toughie blog than this delight. … Read More

DT 28520

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28520

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday so there’s no need for any panic. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but I didn’t find it very difficult.… Read More

ST 2913

Sunday Telegraph No 2913

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 20th August 2017

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

A Sunday puzzle that took me longer than usual to solve – I think one of the things that held up me was waiting for the penny to drop for 20d.… Read More

Toughie 1873

Toughie No 1873 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We don’t often get new Toughie setters (about one a year on average, I reckon) so a warm welcome to Stick Insect. My investigoogling has turned up little information about our new setter other than that he/she is a compiler for the Listener crossword.… Read More

DT 28519

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28519

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
            A solo flight today as my co-blogger is away in Wellington for a few days.
We have general elections coming up in a few weeks so our media is full of all the madness and invective that seems to be part of it all.… Read More

Toughie 1872

Toughie No 1872 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.  I found this a wonderfully fun-packed puzzle and hope you did too.

I’ve often found this setter’s crosswords a little trickier than do the bulk of the commentariat, but if that’s the case today then there’ll be complaints, because this gave me less trouble than most back page offerings. … Read More

DT 28518

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28518

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone.  Today's setter has created a pangram in just 28 clues.  I think that the puzzle is mostly straightforward, although there is a sprinkling of general knowledge that may cause some grumbles.  My opinion of the puzzle rose steadily as I wrote the hints and came to appreciate how the setter had constructed satisfying and entertaining clues from simple ingredients.  While enjoyment was at least average, I've lowered the difficulty rating a bit because it was a fast solve for me.  (By the way, I strongly recommend the toughie to anyone looking for a ***/**** back page level challenge today.  It's both accessible and filled with smiles.)

In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the buttons.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it (or possibly do something else.)  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.… Read More

DT 28517

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28517

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from a sun kissed Downtown LI. Miffypops has cheered up and become verbose again This was an easy Rufus puzzle which should give newcomers a welcome sense of achievement.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 177

A Puzzle by Manxman

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ST 2914 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2914 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; a flying visit to San Antonio, Texas this week, with thankfully trouble-free travel and decent weather. I feel sorry for those feeling the wrath of Hurricane Harvey this weekend, but happy that I am not still there.… Read More