September 6, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

EV 1451 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1451 (Hints)

The Beagle Has Landed by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is the first of a series of gentle puzzles with hints and tips to help newer solvers.

Preamble: To show that THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, solvers must 11, 20, 16 No. 1451 at 1 & 34 (seven words);
Chalicea’s puzzles are usually at the more generous end of the difficulty scale and this proves to be no exception. As there are unclued words in the grid, the clued ones will have to be relatively easy. We are told that there are seven words at 1a and 34a. Chalicea has been rather sneaky as the fifth of these words has been split between those two lines.

It is often worth giving a thought to the title. Clearly this one is a play on Neil Armstrong’s 1969 triumphant statement, “The Eagle Has Landed”, but why the Beagle? Surely Chalicea is not using the tragic story of little Laika, the pup the Russians launched into space, who crashed into the earth in Sputnik 2 in 1957. Another famous beagle? In what way might he have ‘landed’? Continue reading “EV 1451 (Hints)”

ST 3072 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3072 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with the start of ‘Meteorological Autumn’ on Tuesday it got very autumnal very fast!  I hope those who rely on the dead tree Sunday Telegraph did receive their papers today.… Continue reading