March 2019 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2200

Toughie No 2200 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Given the amount of GK that’s contained in this puzzle I’m surprised that it didn’t actually pose many problems. I think I was helped by getting all four of the 15-letter answers fairly quickly.… Continue reading

DT 29009

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29009

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

While we are having mainly fine weather at home, Westland and Fiordland where we were travelling recently, are having torrential rain. They are areas which have a reputation for high rainfall but this present event is exceptional. A bridge washed away, slips and landslides plus surface flooding over a wide area.… Continue reading

Toughie 2199

Toughie No 2199 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone.  I found this MynoT offering pleasant and easy-going: most went in like a dream, but I had a complete mental block at 2d, despite generous checking letters.

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DT 29008

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29008

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Today we have a delightful crossword from the Telegraph Puzzles editor himself, who goes by Mister Ron here on the back page (not to be confused with the generic Mysteron or Mr Ron that we use for unknown setters).  I found lots of entertaining penny drop moments in this puzzle, in large part due to some skilful misdirection by our setter.  Lots of smiles means an above-average enjoyment rating.

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DT 29007

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29007

Hints and tips by Groundskeeper Willie

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle took me a little longer than usual mainly because the four long clues were almost the last ones in which made for a shortage of helpful checking letters.… Continue reading

ST 2996 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2996 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the car seat warmer has been turned down from Regulo 4 to Regulo 1!

The benevolence continues, although not so much as last week, with the usual handful of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.… Continue reading

DT 29006 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29006 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2198

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