May 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2030

Toughie No 2030 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This went in reasonably smoothly except for the last few answers in the top half. I spotted the pangram early on but I don’t think it helped. I have upped the difficulty level because I had problems parsing some of the clues.… Continue reading

ST 2592

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2592

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 20th May 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Great surface readings in another fine Sunday puzzle – my Across favourite is 20a and my Down favourite is 2d

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DT 28753

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28753

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where at the moment it feels more like mid-July than the end of May. Lately, we have been having very predictable weather — cloudy, cool, and wet on the weekends and sunny, hot, dry mid-week.… Continue reading

Toughie 2029

Toughie No 2029 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We have yet another highly enjoyable, though not too difficult, puzzle from the late Petitjean. He’s very often given us food-related clues but this time he’s supplied a veritable smorgasbord of nice things to eat (although 2d might leave a nasty taste in the mouth).… Continue reading

DT 28752

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28752

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

During winter we like to make a distinction between bleak cold and crisp cold. Last week we had grey skies and strong winds — bleak cold.… Continue reading

Toughie 2028

Toughie No 2028 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Meows of warm greeting to you all from a muggy Surrey.  I hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.  I found this slower-going than most Tuesday toughies, but made steady progress until a trio at the end gave me paws pause.… Continue reading

DT 28751

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28751

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

 

Hello, everyone.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions, cryptic definitions, and definitions overlapping wordplay.  Clicking on the Answer buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

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DT 28750

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28750

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Mrs MP and I enjoyed a great day out in Twickenham on Saturday. A beer, An Italian meal. A walk by the river opposite Eel Pie Island watching the eights rowing by.… Continue reading

ST 2953 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2953 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we need a lot more rain than we have had so far this spring, wild fires have caused the evacuation of residents from remote Northern communities by float plane or Air Force Chinook and Hercules.… Continue reading