March 29, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2202

Toughie No 2202 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I enjoyed this – I much prefer proXimal when he is not as his most devious.

Definitions underlined as usual. The hints are intended to explain how the wordplay works, and you can reveal the answers by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.… Continue reading

DT 29011

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29011

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a beautifully sunny spring day.

I found no particular problems with today’s Giovanni, and completed it in ** time.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined.… Continue reading

DT 29006

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29006

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd March 2019

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

One of those very wordy crosswords that took me longer than it should to solve (even allowing for Mr CS trying to interrupt me to tell me about something in the garden) but then when you type the review, there are so many anagrams and ‘put something into something else’ type clues that you wonder why you struggled – although perhaps its because it appears to be the work of the setter who likes to fill all the available space with his clues?… Continue reading

It was 40 Years Ago Today!

For those who are not aware, our very own King of the Toughie, John Henderson, aka Elgar, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first Guardian puzzle today. he was 15 at the time! There is a special(ish) puzzle here:

There have been tributes on a couple of the classical music radio stations and he was given the Freedom of Classic FM this morning at 7:45am (there should be another between 9am and 10am on Scala Radio!)

Happy Ruby Anniversary and here’s to another 40 years!… Continue reading