February 6, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1964

Toughie No 1964 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello to you all as MynoT ushers us into another Toughie week.  A puzzle I found a steady solve until the last few but think that the grid may have added to the difficulty. … Continue reading

DT 28655

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28655

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  Today's crossword offers us pretty much everything on the cryptic menu: anagrams, lurkers, a homophone, cryptic definitions, double definitions, and some wonderfully complex charades.  Adding smooth surfaces and some masterful misdirection to the mix resulted in a puzzle that I found more challenging than the Tuesday norm.  I can't decide if it's by a setter that we've met before or if, having been told that at least one new-to-the-Telegraph setter is testing the back-page waters, it's somebody new.… Continue reading