December 10, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2347

Toughie No 2347 by Serpent

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

BD has something nice to attend today and his stand-in blogger has a family emergency, so I’m the stand in’s stand in again. How lovely to get an actual proper (and very enjoyable) Toughie on a Tuesday, not least because it gives me a chance to tick off ‘blog a Serpent crossword’ from my cruciverbal wish list.… Continue reading

DT 29230

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29230

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  Another Tuesday brings another time zone for me and another setter for us back-page solvers.  This week’s fine puzzle was created by the setter known on the Toughie pages as Donnybrook.  I thought it was a delightful combination of smooth surfaces, clever cryptic definitions, nice misdirection, and a generous helping of humour.  In a word (or two), it’s the cat’s meow.  Continue reading "DT 29230"