August 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2487

Toughie No 2487 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a very enjoyable puzzle with lots of laughs – thanks Hudson. There are several UK-specific references involved so I hope that there’s not too much hair-tearing from solvers beyond these shores.… Continue reading

DT 29440

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29440

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand had been free of any Covid 19 in the community for 102 days. Then yesterday it was announced that four cases, all in one family, were discovered in people who had not had any obvious connection with potential infection sources.… Continue reading

DT 29439

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29439

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Some smooth surfaces and nice misdirection in this uncomplicated but entertaining puzzle.  I look forward to reading what the commentariat thought of it.  I have no idea who our compiler might be, but it would be great if he or she took a bow in the comments below.  Continue reading "DT 29439"

DT 29438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the Spanish summer is in full flow,  38°C on Saturday and not much cooler yesterday.  Phew about sums it up!

Today’s crossword is a very pleasant start to the cruciverbal weeks and not too tricky, even though there’s a bit of rather arcane general knowledge required at 23a. At least the answer is fairly obvious so it shouldn’t hold you up too much.  I’ll be interested to hear your opinions of that sort of clue.  Continue reading “DT 29438”

ST 3068 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3068 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we need some rain and, although it has been promised on several occasions, it hasn’t materialised, at least not in any decent quantity. 

Keep staying safe everyone. … Continue reading

DT 29437 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29437 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the tropical land of Warrington.

Here we go with another Saturday morning challenge, and this is quite a challenge. This certainly took a little longer than usual and requires a little more knowledge than many of the recent puzzles. Continue reading “DT 29437 (Hints)”