August 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29144 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings.  it’s that time of the month again.  This time, I’m sitting in the Stretford Bridge Club, getting ready for our Committee Meeting at 10am.  At this time of the year most bridge clubs start courses of lessons and we are no exception.  If you’re in the Manchester area and would like to play this splendid game, contact me and I’ll let you have details.  If you’ve always wanted to learn to play, contact your local club, chances are they will be starting a course soon. Continue reading “DT 29144 (Hints)”

Toughie 2290

Toughie No 2290 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A fine example of what a Toughie, especially a Friday Toughie, should be. I did wonder whether it was “just me”, being the stand-in blogger’s stand-in, doing my first ‘on the day’ blog for a very long time – but decided that it is definitely Notabilis being as cleverly tricky as only he knows how.… Continue reading

DT 29143

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29143

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. A fine day in prospect, ahead of what may be a wet weekend.

One or two tricky clues from Giovanni this morning, pushing my time into my *** bracket.… Continue reading

DT 29138

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 28th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! A fairly regular Saturday Puzzle whih was a quick solve and not quite a pangram.

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Toughie 2289

Toughie No 2289 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle with some original touches. It wasn’t particularly difficult though I had to think hard about some of the parsing. Continue reading “Toughie 2289”

DT 29142

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29142

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying the final vestiges of summer. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a brutal winter ahead.

Today’s puzzle is without question the work of RayT.… Continue reading

ST 3017

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3017

A full review by gnomenthang

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This puzzle was published on 18th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Morning All! I solved this just inside my 2 star solving time and rather enjoyed it.

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Toughie 2288

Toughie No 2288 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another lovely example of Petitjean’s humour today – how lucky we are that he left such a golden legacy.
For the most part I found this one reasonably straightforward but I didn’t know the silk or the fragrant resin (though both were gettable from the wordplay) and I also had to have a think about 6d – so I’ve added half a star to the difficulty rating.… Continue reading

DT 29141

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29141

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve given weather reports quite often lately so will change the pattern this week and report on our finds on our beach walk this morning. Quite sad really. Firstly the remains of an albatross. It was in an advanced state of decay but from what we could see of the wings it would have had a span of at least two metres, a magnificent bird. Next was the dead body of a young seal pup. It was only about 60cm long and as there are no breeding colonies close by it must have been a long way from home. We arrived home feeling quite down. A good thing we had a Jay puzzle to cheer us up again.

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