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

DT 29087

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29087

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We always know we have had a good frost when even the sand on the beach is a crispy white. That was how it was on our walk this morning. Our run of calm, clear, winter weather continues.

We had a slight hesitation when we started solving in the NW but after that it all flowed smoothly for us. All the usual Jay fun of course.

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Toughie 2251

Toughie No 2251 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

As usual, Donnybrook teases and tantalises. There’s a lot to enjoy in this puzzle, and the words which were new to me were clued fairly. Favourite clue is a dead heat between 16 Down, which took a while to parse, and 19 Down, with its brilliantly conceived definition.… Continue reading

DT 29086

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29086

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  While today's grid fill proceeded smoothly for me, I did have to check a couple of answers and ponder the last parse. So, the puzzle ended up feeling about average for difficulty.  I look forward to reading what everyone out there thought of it.  I also look forward to hearing from the setter if they happen to be reading.

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DT 29085

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29085

Hints and tips by Roland Rat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It is Monday. There is a Cryptic crossword puzzle. Let’s call it a Monday Cryptic Crossword and be done. Then we all know what to expect. Good fun and not too difficult.… Continue reading

ST 3009 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3009 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some very much needed rain, fortunately mostly overnight.

Dada not so benevolent this week!  6 anagrams (three partials), one lurker (not hinted), and one homophone.… Continue reading

DT 29084 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29084 (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 2250

Toughie No 2250 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another lovely pangram by Osmosis which didn’t cause me any great difficulties.  Last ones in were 20d and 28a

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DT 29083

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29083

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs, where a strange bright object has appeared in the sky.

The usual sprinkling of General Knowledge, some with a religious flavour, needed to make solving today’s Giovanni straightforward.… Continue reading