March 22, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2198 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2198 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An interesting puzzle by Artix with a nice variety of devices. I got the He (12a) before the She (1a), and for some time I was trying to find a suitable partner for him.… Continue reading

DT 29005 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29005

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, a grey day lit up by the magnolia stellate in full bloom in our garden.

I flew through the top half of today’s Giovanni, then ground to a halt in the bottom half, where both SW and SE quadrants took a while to get into.… Continue reading

DT 29000 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29000

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 16th March 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this landmark-numbered DT cryptic to be a tricky solve but even after typing the review, I’m not exactly sure why- perhaps because it appears to be the work of the setter who uses more words to the square inch than most.… Continue reading