February 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29299 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29299 (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 2393

Toughie No 2393 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 144th Telegraph Toughie, clearly reflected in an appropriately-numbered clue, just as a commenter predicted last week!

As always, finding the definitions is half the battle – these are underlined for you in the clues below.… Continue reading

DT 29298

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29298

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another chilly, wet, day.

Nothing unduly difficult for me in today’s crossword, with a couple of interesting clue constructions. I appreciate that others may have a different view, but I can only relate my own experience.… Continue reading

DT 29293

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29293

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 22nd February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

One for fans of anagrams and/or ‘container and contents’ clues; one of the latter, 18d, being my Down favourite as I did smile at the ‘one in hand’; my Across favourite was 12a

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

Toughie 2392

Toughie No 2392 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I’m at a loss as to what level of difficulty to award this extremely straightforward crossword – time-wise, I’d have only given it 1* difficulty rating if it had been on the back page of the paper – I actually did a double-take at the timer to make sure it was correct.  … Continue reading

DT 29297

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29297

Hints and tips by a short-changed Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

It’s not often that I notice a grid pattern before during or after solving a puzzle. I did today as soon as it appeared. Too many black squares. Only 26 answers and only 26 clues. I feel short-changed.

At the birthday bash Silvanus told us he had a puzzle published elsewhere that he had written for The Daily Telegraph but could not submit as the grid was not one that they use. Well whatever grid it was I reckon it will have had more than twenty six solutions. Continue reading “DT 29297”

ST 3043

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3043

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 16th February 2020

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

On the difficult-to-get-going side again – however, if you are fond of a double definition clue, this could be the crossword for you!… Continue reading

Toughie 2391

Toughie No 2391 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This didn’t provide too many problems apart from 11a which I’d not heard of and which I needed to look up. The clueing, as always from Giovanni, is precise but there’s not much pizzazz.… Continue reading

DT 29296

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29296

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We have been away for a few days. Taumarunui is a small town in the centre of the North Island and from there we did a day trip which involved a jet boat ride on the upper Whanganui river and then a self-drive excursion in converted golf carts along a section of discontinued railway.… Continue reading