February 18, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2386

Toughie No 2386 by Serpent

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I am not a fan of obscure words, like the potpourri in 15d, but at least it was clued unambiguously so the alternative spelling, which involved its unchecked final letter, was not an issue. I am even less keen on the use of foreign words in UK puzzles, particularly like the swede in 17d, which lacked any indication of it being American. Continue reading “Toughie 2386”

DT 29289

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29289

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  We got 500 responses to last week's survey on whether you'd like to see The Telegraph add an easier puzzle aimed at beginners – thank you to everyone who responded or contributed to the discussion on the survey blog.  The result was a very clear 73% in favour and 27% opposed.  I haven't had time yet to collate the hundreds of comments entered in the survey comment box, but rest assured that they will all be passed on to the puzzles editor.  Continue reading "DT 29289"