September 18, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2092

Toughie No 2092 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gryphon

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

 

Hello!  Today’s hints are brought to you by a legendary beast known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.

This Toughie by Dada guards its secrets a little more closely than do some of the crosswords we have on Tuesdays, but there are some gems to be found for those who dare.… Continue reading

DT 28847

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28847

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  Today's back-pager continues the recent Tuesday trend of delivering enjoyable puzzles combining smooth surfaces, helpful definitions, and some devious wordplay.  I'm not sure how to assign a difficulty rating to a puzzle like this – perhaps 2* if you stop the clock when the grid is filled, and 3* if you're not satisfied until every clue is parsed. 

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