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

Toughie 2287

Toughie No 2287 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Silvanus has, for me at least, upped the difficulty level while maintaining the enjoyment. There were several clues that caused me to dig deeper than usual, especially the deceptive 8d which was my last one. Continue reading “Toughie 2287”

DT 29140

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29140

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello everyone.  I found today's puzzle tricky, in part because it required some general knowledge that I didn't have stored away.  If you're looking for another crosswording challenge, there's always this week's Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle.  The setter (me) would appreciate feedback on it.  Comments so far suggest it's probably a 4* puzzle, but there's a nice review by Prolixic to provide hints if you get stuck.

Thanks to everyone who filled out my survey on last week's puzzle.  The results and a selection of the comments are available after the hints.

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DT 29139

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29139

Hints and tips by Xena Warrior Princess

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the peaceful heart of Downtown LI. Peaceful that is apart from the continuous drone of massive tractors pulling massive trailers filled with either grain or bales which drive past our dwelling every ten minutes from very early in the morning until very late at night all through the harvest season. Well done to England’s Rugby and Cricket teams. It will take a while to wipe the smile from my face after those results. Continue reading “DT 29139”

ST 3018 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3018 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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In today’s Independent on Sunday, Dill becomes the twenty-fifth graduate of the Rookie Corner / NTSPP series to have a puzzle published in the National press.  Well done, let’s hope it’s the first of many. … Continue reading

DT 29138 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138 (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 2286

Toughie No 2286 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Always a joy. Today’s Elkamere has several easy ways in and plenty to keep you on your toes. My bottom half went in quickly and my top right hand corner yielded last.… Continue reading

DT 29137

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29137

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a hazy South Staffs. My thanks to LetterboxRoy for covering my absence last week.

I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but have added an extra star for some of the clues, which may not be within the comfort zone of all solvers.… Continue reading