September 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2515

Toughie No 2515 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It was all going so well with very little in the way of obscurities until I reached the SE corner where 24d (for the meaning) and 28a (for the parsing) caused a bit of difficulty and made me increase the difficulty rating by half a star.… Continue reading

DT 29482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29482

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand has had horrendous weather this last week. Very strong winds with squally showers of rain, hail and thunderstorms over most of the country and heavy snow to low levels over much of the South Island. The worst of it looks to have moved away now so we can look forward to more Spring-like conditions returning.… Continue reading

Toughie 2514

Toughie No 2514 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A lovely offering from Chalicea today with a number of delicious clues, Solved and blogged quickly as I have a busy day ahead. A very suitable Tuesday Toughie. Continue reading “Toughie 2514”

DT 29481

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29481

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  Today has brought us another excellent Tuesday puzzle.  Quite a few insertions on offer, but there's nothing wrong with that.  I have my suspicions about the identity of the compiler.  Since they've been known to comment, we might see later if my hunch is correct.  Continue reading "DT 29481"

EV 1454 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1454 (Hints)

Ramjets by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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We have been finding crosswords by the Eclogue team in a range of publications of thematic cryptics over the last ten years, the EV, Crossword, the Inquisitor series and the Magpie, and we know that the clues will challenge us but be fair and that there will be a smile when we spot the theme. Continue reading “EV 1454 (Hints)”

ST 3075 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3075 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on the first day of Autumn (Tuesday), we had a very Summery 30 degrees!

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Dada is quirky again this week, with a sprinkling of Hmms – I counted three anagrams (two of which were partials), one lurker, and three homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading