October 27, 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2530

Toughie No 2530

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from an overcast Barrel. It’s a short-change Toughie day today with only twenty six answers to find. However, eighteen of these answers have unchecked first letters which always increases the difficulty factor. Some less well-known words and a few stretched synonyms bring this puzzle into Tuesday Toughie territory. There is a lot of fun to be had along the way and a rather nice Spooner clue which gave the setters name away. (The Daily Telegraph Subscription App version doesn’t give the setters name) Silvanus appears to have got stuck in reverse whilst compiling this puzzle. l enjoyed it and I hope you do too. Continue reading “Toughie 2530”

DT 29505

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29505

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Had to break out the snow shovel before settling down to solve this so I could get my Subaru off the street and into the driveway to make life easier for the county's snowplows.  It’s got very cold here very fast - glad I got this week's 14 mile long run in yesterday before the temperature plunged and the snow descended.  Turning to the crossword, it's pretty much what we've come to expect on a Tuesday.  I think that about says it all. Continue reading "DT 29505"