August 29, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1872 ~ Posted on

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. … Continue reading

DT 28518 ~ Posted on

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.… Continue reading