August 18, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2490

Toughie No 2490 by Dada

Hints and tips by Zelda Fitzgerald

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the village of Barrel where one falls asleep looking at Saturn and Jupiter and wakens to Magpies. Dozens of them. Downtown L I it ain’t but we are getting used to it. Continue reading “Toughie 2490”

DT 29445

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29445

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today brings us another pleasant puzzle with uncomplicated wordplay, precise grammar, and smooth surfaces.  Most weeks I ask our setter to reveal themselves in the comments, but they almost never do (with the notable exception of X-Type and CL).  Which is a bit surprising since I'm pretty sure that almost all follow the blogs on their puzzles and see our mostly appreciative comments.  So, this week let's try something different – it would be great to hear from readers who had their first unaided solve with this puzzle.  If that's you, post a comment below and you'll receive lots of congratulations in return. Continue reading "DT 29445"