March 5, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2187

Toughie No 2187 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all, and Happy Shrove Tuesday.  Tomorrow fast times begin, and today we have a Toughie that might have the speedsters reporting something similar (but no quoting times here please!).  As a happy plodder, I enjoyed stopping to smell the roses — not the 9a! — but still wouldn’t have batted an eyelid had this appeared on the back page.

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DT 28990

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28990

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone, and Happy Pancake Day.  Much like last week, this was a steady solve until things got tricky down in the SW.  Unlike last week, and unlike most back-page puzzles, today's offering is packed with cryptic definitions.  While some were mild, I thought the best were excellent.  They raised my enjoyment to the 4* level.

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