February 2, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1963 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1963 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I really enjoyed this, despite doing it at midnight because I didn’t dare leave a proXimal till morning. There are many excellent clues, beautifully crafted. My first one in was 6a, my last one in was 15a (for which I struggled to find a parsing and I’m not sure it’s right) and nothing in-between was systematic except that in the end I was left struggling with my last 4 all in NE.… Continue reading

DT 28652 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28652

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has started bright, but the forecast is less promising.

The answers in today’s Giovanni didn’t necessarily leap out on first reading, but the impeccable wordplay meant that, as always, the clue could be solved.… Continue reading

DT 28647 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28647

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 27th January 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of those crosswords where you wonder if you’d have taken less time solving it if you hadn’t been on a train with loads of Brazilian schoolchildren all talking as loudly as they could.… Continue reading