March 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2618

Toughie No 2618 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a pleasant pangram today – thanks to Stick Insect. It’s not really very tough and all twelve of the four-letter answers (which usually provoke accusations of peskiness) are pretty straightforward.… Continue reading

DT 29637

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29637

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The weather system that caused so much flooding in Australia recently has now made its way to us but fortunately has lost most of its sting in crossing the Tasman. So, dampish and warm here which we can easily cope with.… Continue reading

ST 3100

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3100

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

One of those Dada puzzles that started off seemingly difficult but ended up not so hard at all. Continue reading “ST 3100”

Toughie 2617

Toughie No 2617 by Logman

Hints and tips by Miffypops

Too many dogs

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

Gdanga. Make the most of the sunshine today folks. It might not last.

Today’s Toughie from Logman apparently lives up to its name but has several laughs along the way particularly when Santa’s helper arrived.… Continue reading

DT 29636

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29636

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I felt that today's puzzle contained a lot of quality surface readings which when read literally appear to be perfectly natural sentences or sentence fragments. Having created the odd puzzle, I know how challenging it can be to get that right while also disguising the wordplay and adhering to correct cryptic grammar. My hat is off to this compiler.  Continue reading "DT 29636"

EV 1480 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1480

Spoiler Alert by Kcit

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Kcit, who appears also as the setter Phi, has been setting crosswords for over 30 years for the Listener and Magpie series and the Inquisitor and EV. He also sets as Phi for the BBC Music Magazine and appears regularly with crosswords of medium difficulty in the Telegraph Toughie series.… Continue reading

ST 3101 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3101 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the glacial progress of Covid vaccinations continues.  As a septuagenarian, 10 days ago, I was allowed to make an appointment for a first ‘shot’ of Pfizer to be administered on April 6th and there seems to a proud boast from our Federal Government that some time this week we shall have received a total of 3.2 million ‘doses’ (for a population of 38 million).… Continue reading