June 15, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2039

Toughie No 2039 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another delightful puzzle from Elkamere, with impressively short clues. This was a nice challenge without being OTT difficult – though it took me a while to get going, and I needed two sittings to finish.… Continue reading

DT 28766

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28766

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from a warm and sunny Los Alcázares where I’m having a few days break and standing in for Deep Threat today.  I’m not certain but I’ve a feeling I’ve blogged a Friday puzzle back in the days when Gazza was the regular Man Friday.  Anyway it makes a pleasant change from my usual Thursday fare.
We have here a fairly typical Giovanni puzzle with a couple of tricky bits and a couple of religious bits but there’s enough gimmes to get you going.  Overall I reckon it’s about average difficulty for a back pager and I really enjoyed it so it was ***/**** for me.  It’ll be interesting to see if anyone agrees.
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DT 28761

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28761

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th June 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this very tricky for an inside back pager, let alone a Saturday Prize Puzzle which people always assume will be on the straightforward side to attract more entries into the competition.… Continue reading