February 26, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2183

Toughie No 2183 by Jed

Hints and tips by Kitty

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


A big warm hello to you all on a day which, here in a sunny Surrey, feels far too spring-like for February.  How lovely to see Jed in this spot.  I didn’t find this any harder than this setter’s Sunday offerings used to be, and every bit as enjoyable, so would invite those of you who miss Virgilius in the ST to pop a roast in the oven, don your Sunday best, and enjoy a day of rest with an extra crossword.

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DT 28984

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28984

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****


Hello, everyone.  I liked this puzzle.  I was on course for a PB time until my last couple of answers down in the SW corner brought the solve to a head-scratching halt.  They turned out to be excellent clues, so no complaints about that.  My appreciation for this puzzle grew as I wrote the hints, and I've bumped up the enjoyment rating because the high points were outstanding.  Another plus is that this is my first blog in a long time where no clues required links to the Usual Suspects page.  Setter, if you're reading please post a comment below so we can thank you in person, as it were.

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