April 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2219

Toughie No 2219 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi everyone.  Today is a Chalicea Tuesday — yay!  I found it of a normal difficulty level for the day and the setter.  I’m not quite sure which way is up at the moment so I’ve left the enjoyment rating untouched, but please shout at me if you think it should be higher!

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DT 29038

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29038

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  Our current run of excellent Tuesday puzzles continues today with another fine crossword.  I can't think of much to say about it beyond labelling it solid puzzling fun.  Continue reading "DT 29038"

DT 29037

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29037

Hints and tips by A Jersey Girl

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Good morning from the Bailiwick of Jersey where Saint Sharon and I are spending a few days after watching Coventry Rugby Club beat Jersey in a thrilling game played in the warm sunshine, the rain, the hail, the biting cold and a very strong wind.… Continue reading

ST 3001 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3001 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, while recovering from (man) flu yesterday, I enjoyed watching Blues vs. Ospreys in the oval ball game, only marred by transplanted members of the BBC commentary team, and Delia Smith’s Canaries securing promotion to the Premier League in the round ball game

Today, with the start of the fourth thousand of ST puzzles, I will very quietly endorse the comment CS made in her review of ST 2999 on Thursday, Dada continuing to show us some benevolence with a higher than usual number of anagrams, still with some unusual indicators, two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone, in a symmetric 32 clues.… Continue reading

DT 29036 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29036 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by crypticsue

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Big Dave’s at the monthly village market and Tilsit has major broadband problems not of his own making – unless of course he was the one who set the ‘box over the road’ on fire. So the fifth cavalry has hurriedly bashed out a few hints. I’m sure people will ask for more assistance, but have a good look at the clues and you may find them more straightforward than you thought on first reading

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Toughie 2218

Toughie No 2218 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Congratulations Sparks! (see Nina). Time to open a couple of Spanish wines. It took a short while to get into this puzzle but it soon flowed smoothly.

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

DT 29035

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29035

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is trying to break through the early morning cloud.

Today’s Giovanni took me a little longer than some of the puzzles I have blogged recently, but as always the wordplay enables the solver to get to the more obscure answers.… Continue reading

DT 29030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29030

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 20th April 2019

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

I quite enjoyed solving this –  I wasn’t even put off the solving process by three separate emails from a certain pub landlord about three of the clues – but then as I typed the review, I did find that, on many occasions, if I wasn’t sorting out an anagram, I seemed to be inserting something into something else, and in one case, inserting something into an anagram.… Continue reading