September 5, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2293

Toughie No 2293 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Yet another Thursday Hudson puzzle and this one was extremely disappointing from the difficulty point of view because all the answers went in very quickly with only 30 across needing any real thought. There seemed to be a lot of single letters used in the wordplay Continue reading “Toughie 2293”

DT 29148

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29148

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is continuing, although the forecast for the next few days looks a bit iffy.  Still it’s pretty hot and sunny and the moment so I’m not complaining.  I’m not sure what to make of this puzzle.  I got eight of the acrosses and ten of the downs on first pass but of those eighteen answers fifteen of them went in the right hand side, which was completely full, but the left hand side was nearly empty.  The remaining answers put up something of a fight before revealing themselves so it’s ** for the right and **** for the left so *** on average.  I don’t know who the setter is but whoever it is has a liking for charades and thinking up original anagram indicators.  I enjoyed the tussle and had a few good penny drop moments.
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ST 3018

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3018

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 25th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Memo to self: when drafting the review on the day the crossword was published, don’t forget to write the prologue so you don’t have to try and remember what you thought about a particular Sunday crossword ten days later – Looking at the grid, and the ratings, I’d say it was nice and straightforward and good fun.… Continue reading