August 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2083

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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