April 2018 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28723

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28723

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where spring has finally made its long-delayed appearance. I found 15a rather poignant as Canada has suffered more than its share of such events lately.… Continue reading

Toughie 2009

Toughie No 2009 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Stick Insect’s previous Toughies have been on the easy side prompting Bufo to say (Toughie 1926) “I’d like something more challenging next time”. Kitty maybe had a premonition of harder things to come in her review of his most recent Toughie (1984) asking “Are things about to get stickier?”.… Continue reading

DT 28722

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28722

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Today is Anzac Day in our part of the world. It is the equivalent of what most of you would understand as Remembrance Day.… Continue reading

Toughie 2008

Toughie No 2008 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome all.  There’s nothing too fiendish here, but clues constructed seamlessly enough to provide some challenge and all very nice indeed.  What more could we ask of a Tuesday Toughie?… Continue reading

DT 28721

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28721

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello everyone.  I found this offering meatier than last week's puzzle, with some nice dollops of originality sprinkled throughout the clues.  Just right for a Tuesday, I'd say.

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DT 28720

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28720

Hints and tips by a messy Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Today we have a cracking puzzle from Chris Lancaster. Not as stinky as last week. The user friendly grid led to some answers (9d for example) becoming obvious from the checkers.… Continue reading

ST 2948 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2948 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg –  where, on Tuesday, we had the first (positive) double digit day since October 25th of last year.

The usual excellence from the Sunday Maestro – another tricky puzzle but probably not as tricky as last week – the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and two and a half homophones.… Continue reading