February 21, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2389

Toughie No 2389 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Dutch is on holiday this week, giving me a chance to review a puzzle by one of my favourite setters.

Not many setters seem to have grasped what solvers expect from a Toughie, but proXimal certainly has. I was sailing through this, one clue at a time, before I came to a grinding halt in the southwest corner, which is why I added an extra helf a star to the difficulty. With a compound anagram it can be difficult to spot what is going on, and I needed to solve 27a before having any chance of knowing which four-letter name was required in 24d. Continue reading “Toughie 2389”

DT 29292

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29292

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another damp, grey day.

I thought that today’s puzzle was pretty straightforward, so it will be interesting to see your views.… Continue reading

DT 29287

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29287

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An extremely straightforward pangram – a perfect candidate for the proposed new ‘easier’ crossword slot

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