May 2018 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2015

Toughie No 2015 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A good Friday Toughie in which Artix delights us with a pangram. This is Artix’s second Toughie, the first was number 1994 in March this year. I was keeping my eyes open for a Q and J, but I wasn’t really able to use the pangram in my solve.… Continue reading

DT 28730

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28730

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where it’s cloudy as I write, but we may expect some sun later.

There are one or two less common words in today’s Giovanni puzzle, so I shall be interested to see what commenters make of it.… Continue reading

DT 28725

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28725

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 28th April 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! – The usual Saturday fare but I didn’t much like the two homophones that are not actually words (unless you subscribe to the Urban Dictionary for ‘cholar’

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Toughie 2014

Toughie No 2014 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Last time I struggled with a Donnybrook puzzle that others found straightforward. This time I found it to be straightforward but not very exciting. The only problem I had in solving it was in trying to ignore an attention-seeking dog.… Continue reading

DT 28729

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28729

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning. I solved this puzzle in ** time but I’ve gone for *** difficulty because there are a few obscure bits that required a bit of head scratching.  I’ve deducted a star from the enjoyment as there are no less than five clues which use the same containment indicator and I was beginning to get a bit irritated by the time I’d finished typing the hints.  I’ll be interested to see if anyone else noticed.
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ST 2948

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2948

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 22nd April 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I found this a very good crossword that was over a bit too quickly.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

Across

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Toughie 2013

Toughie No 2013 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly standard Giovanni Toughie today with any difficulty coming (for me at any rate) mainly from new words and bits of General Knowledge rather than clever wordplay.… Continue reading

DT 28728

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28728

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A beautiful, clear, calm autumn day in our corner of the world. We had the threat of winter a couple of weeks ago but since then it has been remarkably mild for most of the time.… Continue reading

Toughie 2012

Toughie No 2012 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Warm greetings, gridfellows.  Well, what a surprise – one of the most recognisable setters, and I failed to guess who it was (setter information had not been updated when I solved this). … Continue reading

DT 28727

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28727

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle trickier than the average Tuesday crossword.  Some of that might be because I’m tired after travelling most of the day, but I think it probably has more to do with how the puzzle combines just three anagrams with a healthy dose of general knowledge and some nicely-disguised complex wordplay. 

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