January 9, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1948

Toughie No 1948 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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


Greetings from Dorset, where I’ve been enjoying some quality sleep and kitty treats.  (I’m not sure who is enjoying the string and laser pointer antics more: me or Willow!)

I didn’t know the identity of the setter when I solved this, and was torn between Dada and another (who I won’t name). … Continue reading

DT 28631

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28631

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***


Hello, everyone.  This took me longer to solve and parse than yesterday’s puzzle, but in hindsight I’m not quite sure why.  Perhaps it was all the nice surfaces disguising the wordplay, or perhaps it was just that wavelength thing. 

In the hints below underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions, and most indicators are italicized.  The answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will usually enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.… Continue reading