September 3, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2291

Toughie No 2291 by Chalicea

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

I always look forward to solving a Chalicea puzzle, and this one is excellent. The last one parsed was 5d and the last one solved was the superb 15a, which makes it my favourite with the mental picture conjured up by 10a taking the runner-up podium. Continue reading “Toughie 2291”

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DT 29146

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29146

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone.  Today we've been treated to another excellent puzzle from Telegraph Puzzles Editor Chris Lancaster.  I just loved it.  As is often the case with his puzzles, I rated it a definite 4* for difficulty.  But since there is also 4* enjoyment to be had here I recommend persevering with it, possibly using whatever aids you find necessary to fill the grid and parse the clues.  Continue reading "DT 29146"