December 2019 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2345

Toughie No 2345 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It was good to find that I only had to wait three weeks between Micawber puzzles this time. It was excellent stuff from with some very nice touches. It probably took me longer than it should have done because I didn’t feel on top form today but that gave me more time to appreciate it. Continue reading “Toughie 2345”

DT 29226

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29226

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone – definitely a Ray T crossword today. I thought that it was probably somewhere in the middle of his range of difficulty and had most of his trademarks.… Continue reading

ST 3031

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3031

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 24th November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A bit more to smile at this time with a nice mix of clues, even though I did note that once again quite a few of them are ‘container and contents’ clues

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2344

Toughie No 2344 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There are a number of gimmes in this puzzle which make it one of the less ‘tough’ Toughies. I wasn’t greatly enamoured with it during the solving process but my enjoyment grew as I wrote the hints.… Continue reading

DT 29225

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29225

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Really mixed weather here at present. At times beautifully fine and warm and then a few days of blustery stormy conditions, changing hour by hour, before it clears again. We’ve missed the worst of it once again but other parts of the country haven’t fared so well.… Continue reading

Toughie 2343

Toughie No 2343 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Chalicea has settled into the “easier” Tuesday Toughie slot. Why puzzles like this don’t appear on Saturday’s back page is beyond me. Continue reading “Toughie 2343”

DT 29224

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29224

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to a bright and sunny Tuesday that’s brought us another enjoyable cryptic crossword.  I thought that this puzzle was particularly tightly clued, with no parses requiring any pondering about grammatical correctness.  No obscurities either, although I did learn one or two new abbreviations along the way.  All of that combined with some amusing surface readings made for a great start to the day.  If our setter is reading, we’d love to see a comment from you below. Continue reading "DT 29224"

DT 29223

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29223

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***/****

Hello everyone. Brrrr – it’s nippy in Oxford this morning! No, it’s not Thursday but Miffypops is busy today so I’m doing the hints instead of him. I thought this was a very enjoyable and fairly straightforward way to start the crossword week with no real problems – all very nice short clues and only a couple of anagrams.… Continue reading

ST 3032 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3032 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where most of the week has been spent celebrating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers winning Earl Grey’s Cup last Sunday, after a 29 year ‘drought,’ thus becoming Canadian Football League Champions (not real football – a variation of the game played below the 49th parallel – 60 minutes playing time, but it takes 3 hours plus to complete a game).… Continue reading