October 19, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1902

Toughie No 1902 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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


Hello, and Happy Diwali!  It’s also apparently International Gin and Tonic Day, so plenty of reasons to charge your glasses.  Other than that, it’s another perfectly ordinary Thursday, except that Bufo is busy again so I’m here to bring you Blog 101. … Continue reading

DT 28562


Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28562

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning all and welcome to Thursday’s crossie.  I’m pretty sure that it’s not a RayT and I have an idea who it might be, not least because it’s a pangram, but with my record of setter spotting that’s as far as I’m going.  It’s the first pangram we’ve had on my watch for ages but I twigged the possibility of one far too late for it to be of any help in the solving.

I thought it was going to be a breeze as I got eleven of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass.  Then it was a bit like finding speed humps on the M6 and I ground to a bit of a halt.  Last two in were the interlocking 23a and 19d and I must have stared at them for as long as the rest of the puzzle had taken before the penny finally dropped on 23a with a very loud clang – tea-tray moment or what?  A most enjoyable puzzle for me and I’ll be interested to hear your views on it.
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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2920

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th October 2017

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

I found this particular Sunday puzzle less straightforward than usual, but typing the review, I’m not really sure why.… Continue reading