June 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 438

NTSPP – 438

A Puzzle by Italicus

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DT 28779 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28779 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all.  It’s the last Saturday of the month and I’ve dropped in while the Boss pops to his local Farmers’ Market and gets some delicious comestibles for the weekend.  It looks like its our Saturday Mysteron, with an enjoyable, if slightly challenging puzzle.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2047

Toughie No 2047 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another great puzzle from Osmosis, full of precise clueing, clever surfaces and intriguing definitions, and definitely a toughie. I filled the grid before the school run but some of the parsing only came later so I added a half star.… Continue reading

DT 28778

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28778

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Sunday Friday morning from Winnipeg.  I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle on a Friday as the final ‘stand-in’ for Deep Threat before he returns from his expedition to who knows where.… Continue reading

DT 28773

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28773

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd June 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I solved this puzzle late on Wednesday afternoon following a late submission of a pink leave of absence form from Gnomethang.… Continue reading

Toughie 2046

Toughie No 2046 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was fast becoming another easy solve to match those of the last two days when I suddenly started to struggle on the NW corner. Having finished it I can’t see why I should have struggled.… Continue reading

ST 2956

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2956

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 17th June 2018

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

Quite tricky for a Sunday – I wasn’t the only one to think so, and we all agreed about the  usual high level of enjoyment.… Continue reading

DT 28777

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28777

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where temperatures that have been slightly cooler than normal are about to soar just in time for Canada Day on Sunday. Weekend temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-30s (Celsius) with the humidex hitting the mid-40s.… Continue reading

Toughie 2045

Toughie No 2045 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Toughieland seems to be taking it easy (and the weather is certainly suitable) this week so far with today’s puzzle joining yesterday’s on the gentle step. For me this was less ‘tough’ than the back-pager.… Continue reading

DT 28776

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28776

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Another cool, calm, clear day here with a moderate frost to greet us when we woke up. The high country snow that has been falling in the last few days before the weather cleared, has left the Tararua Ranges to the east of us looking like real mountains once again.… Continue reading