October 2018 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28881 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28881 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2115

Toughie No 2115 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We have a pangram from Elkamere! I was on the lookout for an X in NW, my last quadrant. A fun and tricky puzzle, where I was repeatedly misled and where I learned to pay attention to the punctuation.… Continue reading

DT 28880

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28880

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but chilly day.

Apart from the classical Muse in 15a, there isn’t anything particularly tricky in today’s Giovanni, and for me it was a straightforward solve.… Continue reading

DT 28875

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28875

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 20th October 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Morning All! This was a pretty quick solve but had a few very nice clues.

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Toughie 2114

Toughie No 2114 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was a mixture of some very straightforward clues and some fairly intractable ones. It meant that most of the puzzle succumbed easily but the rest took an age.… Continue reading

ST 2973

 Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2973

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 14th October 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! The usual excellence, in my opinion.

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DT 28879

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28879

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where life has returned to what passes for normal following the tornado. I say “what passes for normal”, as construction crews have been busily at work on the storm sewer on our street since July, removing relatively small concrete pipes and replacing them with humongous concrete pipes.… Continue reading

Toughie 2113

Toughie No 2113 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is the first time I’ve had a Musaeus puzzle to blog. His/her first Toughie (2078) was labelled gentle by Bufo and the second (2094) considerably tougher though, in the words of 2Kiwis, “a bit of a grind” – so I wasn’t sure what to expect.… Continue reading

DT 28878

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28878

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This post was sent at 12:13 but didn’t arrive until 18:51.  I have used it to replace my hurried effort.  BD

Morning! Apologies for being slightly tardy. A trip to the dentist took a bit longer than expected.… Continue reading

Toughie 2112

Toughie No 2112 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome all.  Well, today we have come to the last Excalibur Toughie.  The end of an era, this is.  Fun, it was.

I found it quite a bit harder than usual for a Tuesday Excalibur, and considered rating it more for difficulty, but have a strong feeling that the trouble may have been with the solver rather than the puzzle. … Continue reading