November 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 512

NTSPP – 512

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 29222 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29222 (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 2342

Toughie No 2342 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today’s theme is readily apparent, we have a grid filled with 9 examples (one hypothetical) of 4d’s 8d series. This is Elgar’s 138th telegraph toughie, and if you have not spotted the relevance of that number you may be forgiven, for it involves some poetic licence.… Continue reading

DT 29221

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29221

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a rare sunny morning.

I found the top half of today’s Giovanni quite tricky, which pushed my difficulty rating well into ***.… Continue reading

DT 29216

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29216

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A bit like Saturday Prize Puzzles used to be? Well put it this way, it didn’t take long to solve, wasn’t grump-inducing, and the typing of the review was straightforward, and that’s suits me fine when I have a busy Saturday

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Toughie 2341

Toughie No 2341 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Bufo Is away this morning, so I am back sooner than I expected. This is a fairly straightforward puzzle, with the handful of difficult answers clued in such a way as to make them easy to solve from the wordplay. Continue reading “Toughie 2341”

DT 29220

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29220

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Well, things have moved on a bit.  We now have wardrobes fitted and the guys have started on the kitchen about an hour ago so we might get a bit of normality by the end of next week.

It may just be the hammering and banging going on that caused the problem but I found today’s puzzle a tad on the tricky side.  I’m pretty sure it’s a proXimal production as it felt like his work while I was solving and it’s turned out to be a pangram without an X, which has become a bit of a trade mark for him.  I really enjoyed the 28a and hope that you all do too.
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ST 3030

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3030

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 17th November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A Sunday puzzle which wasn’t as much fun than we expect from Dada, coupled with a few odd surface readings and possibly the use of the wrong tense in 6d

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Toughie 2340

Toughie No 2340 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

There’s nothing too exciting in this puzzle and Giovanni has provided, as usual, a couple of words that I didn’t know. I did notice, when writing the hints, that we have to do quite a lot of deleting single letters.… Continue reading

DT 29219

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29219

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

In last Friday’s Toughie puzzle by Sparks we learnt a new word ‘aval’. Today I have a chance to use it. We have a rare solo blog because Carol is away in Wellington for a few days on mainly aval duties.… Continue reading