July 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2481

Toughie No 2481 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 154th Telegraph Toughie. I don’t know if you’ll agree, but I found it a little easier than most. I found a Nina that agreed with basic geography, and was hoping to find a 154-mile connecting canal, but no such luck.… Continue reading

DT 29430

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29430

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning with the prospect of some high temperatures later.

I found today’s puzzle a curious mixture, with some very easy clues, and others which required teasing out and weren’t very satisfying when the answer emerged, possibly because some of the synonyms used in the wordplay had been stretched rather too far.… Continue reading

DT 29425

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29425

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 25th July 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I quite enjoyed some of the clues and surface readings here. Continue reading “DT 29425”

DT 29429

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29429

Hints and tips by Yosser Hughes

(Winging it in Wing)

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from The Farmers Arms in England’s smallest county where Saint Sharon and I have taken a short break to celebrate our retirement. It has been pointed out that one has to start work before one can retire from it but hey-ho. Each to their own. Continue reading “DT 29429”

ST 3065

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3065

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 19th July 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! – This didn’t take too long to solve but I did find it a bit samey in the constructions. particularly when reviewing.

Continue reading “ST 3065”

Toughie 2479

Toughie No 2479 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I didn’t find it too tricky to get the answers here but had to do some investigoogling to understand all the references. Thanks to Musaeus for the challenge.… Continue reading

DT 29428

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29428

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A wildlife report this week.
The NZ dabchick that was a highlight of our walks during lockdown must have decided that it was time to find a new pond. We miss him. 
We were walking on Sunday with some visitors and there was a juvenile fur seal on the main beach.… Continue reading

Toughie 2478

Toughie No 2478 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It’s been a busy morning, including a trip to the doctor for a blood test (an annual one that was due last April!). The usual enjoyment from Chalicea, with a mix of the very easy and the slightly more difficult. Continue reading “Toughie 2478”

DT 29427

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29427

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle to be an enjoyable and rewarding solve, with one or two parses requiring some head scratching.  For me, the top half mostly went in smoothly, but things got more tricky when it came to fitting everything in the bottom.  If our setter is reading, perhaps they could take a bow in the comments below (I have my suspicions – a regular who likes to sprinkle their puzzles with GK and include a couple of smooth long anagrams). Continue reading "DT 29427"