November 5, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2327

Toughie No 2327 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I always look forward to Chalicea’s puzzles, and this one didn’t disappoint. Where there are lesser=used words or definitions they are limited to one per clue, which is how it shoud be. The only one in today’s puzzle that was new to me was the monkey in 26 Across. Continue reading “Toughie 2327”

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DT 29200

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29200

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I've just had the unusual experience of having the clocks go back two Saturdays in a row.  Perhaps that's why I've been feeling a bit out of it lately.  However, I am pretty sure that today has brought us a fine puzzle.  I found that the grid filled smoothly, with a few answers awaiting parsing at the end after being obtained from checkers and identifying the definition in the clue.  It turned out that those last answers came from some original and amusing wordplay that earned a 4* enjoyment rating from me.  Continue reading "DT 29200"