August 22, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2285

Toughie No 2285 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Today Beam becomes the latest setter to reach a century of Toughies and I seem to have blogged more than my fair share of them. Not that I mind because I always enjoy them and today’s was no exception. Mind you I think I was not quite with it today because I made far harder work of this Beam puzzle than I usually do. But I got there in the end though some of the parsing needed winkling out. Continue reading “Toughie 2285”

DT 29136

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29136

Hints and tips by a mostly dried out pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from a rather soggy Vega Baja.  No, I’ve not signed the pledge (as if I ever would) but I have dried out a bit.  In the early hours of yesterday we had over four inches of rain in about two hours so everywhere was more than a bit moist.  At least the weather has since returned to normal service and both me and the village have (mostly) dried out. It don’t rain here very often but when it does it’s best to batten down the hatches and make sure the drains are running free.
I don’t know who today’s setter is but he or she has provided us with a very nice puzzle with more than a usual number of cryptic definitions.  It’s not too tricky and there a few anagrams to give you a start if you need it. I really enjoyed it so I’ll be interested to hear your views of it.
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ST 3016

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3016

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 11th August 2019

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


A trickier offering from Dada with a good mixture of clue types

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