February 21, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2181

Toughie No 2181 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I didn’t find this very difficult but I can’t say that I enjoyed it particularly. I thought that a lot of the surfaces are not very good.… Continue reading

DT 28980

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28980

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright and sunny morning.  It’s a bit chilly at the silly o’clock time I’m writing this but the forecast for today and the next week is pretty good.  If you’re interested then have a look here: https://www.eltiempo.es/almoradi.html
I don’t know who today’s setter is but whoever it is has set a bit of a tricky rascal again so I have my suspicions.  On first pass I only got five of the acrosses and then eight of the downs so that makes it a bit tricky in my book but it could just be due to the early hour and too much vino collapso last night. However, tricky or not there’s five longish anagrams to give a lot of checkers so it shouldn’t frighten the horses too much.  I’ll be interested to see how you all got on with it.
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ST 2990

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2990

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 10 February 2019

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

A straightforward Sunday solve for a change, with several clues to bring a smile to this solver’s face


1a    Imperialist of the past preserved?… Continue reading