July 23, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2267

Toughie No 2267 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I struggled with some of the clues but looking back the only ones that involved something I had never encountered were the Chinese port in 10 Across and the American “spin” in 7 Down. This was certainly not a typical (Fluffy) Tuesday puzzle! Continue reading “Toughie 2267”

DT 29110

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29110

Hints and tips by Mr K

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


Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday.  Today's puzzle features several clues with cunning misdirection, which I came to appreciate even more while writing the hints.  I'm partial to clues like that, so I've bumped up the enjoyment rating.  I look forward to reading what everybody thought of it.  I'm wondering if our setter might be a (1-4) sports car?

Many thanks from me and BD to the hundreds of readers who replied to last week's survey.  We learned that the most popular devices used to read the blog are iPads (38%), Windows computers (24%), and Android phones and tablets (24%).  Only 8% of respondents don't like the new theme and everybody thinks the site is fast enough.  Several responses mentioned difficulties following the threaded comments, which we have now tried to address by reducing white space inside comments and by adding a number and a border to top-level comments.  We also learned that iPad users like the big font and wide spacing, while readers using computers would like pages to appear more compressed on their big screens.  In the hints and tips section of my blog today I'm trialling a smaller font.  I'd appreciate hearing whether it looks better on computer screens and if it's still legible on iPads.  Any other comments that will help us fine tune the theme are most welcome.

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