February 27, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2392

Toughie No 2392 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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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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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

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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