October 24, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1904 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1904 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello there.  It does appear that we have a new setter.  A warm welcome to Donnybrook — and a big Tuesday welcome to you all too.

I can find nothing online about Donnybrook the setter, but find that it is a slang term for a brawl or riot. … Continue reading

DT 28566 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28566

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle somewhat tricky so I’m setting the difficulty rating at an average 3*.  Definitely above average for enjoyment though, in part because of some clever misdirection in a few places.  There is a sprinkling of general knowledge, but those answers are all gettable from the wordplay.  And once the grid is filled, I’m happy to learn about a poet or a showjumping genre that I didn’t know before.… Continue reading