April 10, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2417

Toughie No 2417 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

As often happens, I gained further appreciation of the puzzle on writing up the blog, when I could savour all the clues again. Plenty of good surfaces to like here today, such as in the excellent 18a, but also in clues like 20a, 26a and 21d – as well  the nice Excalibur mislead in 22a.… Continue reading

DT 29334

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29334

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Good morning from South Staffs this sunny Good Friday. Lent may be nearly over, but the purgatory of lockdown continues across the world. It’s bizarre following the church services on YouTube, but a sad necessity.… Continue reading