August 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2083 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2083 by Elgar

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

I have a note pinned on my office noticeboard that says ‘The next Elgar will be xxx’ so that I’ll remember to look for a theme based on that particular number.… Continue reading >

DT 28832 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28832

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning.

I found today’s Giovanni to be a puzzle of two halves. The top half went in very rapidly, then I ground to a halt trying to get a foothold in the bottom half, not helped by the duff anagram in 15d, so *** difficulty overall.… Continue reading >

DT 28827 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28827

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 25th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! I found this a bit too straightforward for my taste but realise that this will please some people! Continue reading “DT 28827”

Toughie 2082 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2082 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I was running late today so I was happy that this Micawber puzzle was one of his gentler ones. I was fortunate in that it contains nothing that I haven’t met before. Continue reading “Toughie 2082”

ST 2965 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2965

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 19th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Morning All! This was a very fast solve for me but of the usual standard we have come to enjoy from Mr Greer.

Continue reading “ST 2965”

DT 28831 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28831

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where an exceptional summer is fast drawing to a close. After a couple of days in the 30° C range (with the humidex approaching 40° C), we are about to experience some slightly cooler and less humid conditions.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2081 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2081 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We couldn’t really get much more of a contrast with yesterday’s Toughie. This one is mercifully free of obscurities but the wordplay is pretty straightforward and I felt that it would not have been out of place on the back page towards the end of the week.… Continue reading >

DT 28830 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28830

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to our usual two person team again and the weather has been much more conducive to our regular outdoor activities this week.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2080 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2080 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everybody.  To follow the last bank holiday before you-know-what, we have a Giovanni puzzle in his usual style.

Definitions are underlined in the clues below and indicators are italicised when quoted in the hints. … Continue reading >