January 31, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2169

Toughie No 2169 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I emerged from hibernation to do battle with the Toughie and found it to be a puzzle of two halves. The right-hand side went in with little difficulty but then I struggled with the left-hand side which seemed to contain more than its fair share of less familiar words.… Continue reading

DT 28962

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28962

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja on a pleasantly warm (for late January) RayThursday.  At least I’m pretty sure it is he as all the usual signs are here, short clues, Her Majesty on parade and a bit of innuendo by way of a love affair, a misbehaving husband and Rose gripping a large chopper.  I thought it was going to be a tad tricky as I only got four of the acrosses on first pass but then eleven of the downs came to the rescue so it turned out to be OK.  As usual with a RayT puzzle I enjoyed the challenge and  I’ll be interested to see what you all thought of it. 
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ST 2987

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2987

A full review by crypticsue

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

Back to the sort of crossword from Dada that it would be nice to see in the middle of the paper on a Tuesday (which seems to be the day for one of his ‘toughies’ to appear)

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