November 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2135 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2135 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A beautiful sunny day in Macclesfield. The puppies have shredded some paperwork; optimistically, I shrug it off as unimportant. Not sure why my wife bought a shredder. Sparks gives us a lovely pangram today, which helped me with 5d.… Continue reading >

DT 28910 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28910

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where, for a change, we have a sunny start to the day.

Apart from the minor technical glitch which affected 9d when I first solved the puzzle on the website just after it had been published last night, this was a reasonably straightforward Giovanni, with the usual inclusion of some GK and the odd unusual word, but entirely secular, so that delicate souls like Brian won’t be ‘offended’ by references to religion.… Continue reading >

DT 28905 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28905

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 24th November 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This extremely gentle Saturday Prize Puzzle marks the very accomplished debut DT crossword of a new young lady setter – which has to be a good thing for Crosswordland as we need more female setters.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2134 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2134 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I had to check the term for the police in 8 down but otherwise it was all plain sailing

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading >

DT 28909 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28909

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where winter has set in early — although we have been granted a brief reprieve with temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

Today’s puzzle is from RayT and it contains most — if not all — of his signature clues.… Continue reading >

ST 2978 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2978

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 18th November 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

The first paragraph below is an edited version of my comment made on publication day

I tried very hard before I started solving to forget that it was Sunday, and that we had a different setter.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2133 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2133 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today we have a pangram from Giovanni that’s not too tricky and doesn’t have too many religious obscurities.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading >

DT 28908 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28908

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back to our full team again this week.
Rather unsettled weather recently. A series of active frontal systems have been moving across the country giving variable and changeable conditions. Pretty typical for this time of the year.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2132 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2132 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A big warm fluffy welcome to you all.  Today’s puzzle in the Toughie slot is one of those I’m happy to recommend to back page solvers.  A couple of unfamiliar words for me didn’t slow down the gridfill or dent the enjoyment.

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DT 28907 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28907

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  Usually a puzzle containing eight anagrams would sit at the less-difficult end of the back-page spectrum.  I did not find that to be the case today.  Some very well-disguised wordplay in the other clues delivered a succession of penny-drop moments and left me feeling grateful that those anagrams provided footholds on which to build the grid fill.  I'd be happy to see more puzzles like this.  I do hope that today's setter will post a comment so we know who to thank for this fine piece of entertainment.

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