August 16, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2074

Toughie No 2074 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Once again I took longer doing a puzzle than perhaps I should have done. It is one of those puzzles of four separate corner puzzles. I managed them without too many problems with the SE corner one the last to yield.… Continue reading

DT 28819

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28819

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the heat wave seems to have abated a little – it was only 32°C yesterday and it even rained a tad in the morning. 
I suspect today’s setter is the same one as in my last blog two weeks ago.  Similar quirky style which I quite enjoyed.  Again it’s a little tricky in places if you’re not on the wavelength so I’ve given it three stars even though I actually solved it well within two star time.  Last time the puzzle seemed to split the commentariat into two camps of tricky and benign so it will be interesting to see if the same is true this week.
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ST 2963

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2963

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 5th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A hot sunny Sunday and a Virgilius crossword to solve – what more could one want? Too hard to pick just one clue I really like so I’ll just say that my d’oh moment was 10a

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