October 12, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2107 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2107 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

It was a joy to solve this clever pangram from Osmosis. The clues are exquisitely crafted – lovely misleads throughout and beautifully disguised definitions. I did struggle with the two long down clues as I wasn’t familiar with the names – a question of guessing the answer from the parsing and checking.… Continue reading

DT 28868 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28868

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a blustery autumn day.

Plenty of General Knowledge in today’s Giovanni, with mathematicians, philosophers, biblical figures and astrological signs, but the wordplay will enable solvers to reach the answers.… Continue reading

DT 28863 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28863

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 6th October 2018

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

I solve this late on Saturday afternoon after a horrible rainy journey back from Oxfordshire – there was so much to enjoy, apart from (as a solver) the homophone in 21a that didn’t work for quite a few of us (there’s a big NO written by this one on the newspaper) and (as a reviewer) the number of times you notice that you are doing something with individual letters, whether abbreviations or otherwise.… Continue reading