June 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29715

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29715

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand has had a whole encyclopedia entry of winter weather this past week. Heavy rain, strong winds, hail storms, snow to low levels and cold temperatures. Today has turned out much more settled so it does look like the system that has brought all this from Antarctic regions has now moved on.… Continue reading

ST 3113

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3113

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 20 Jun 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. Once again, I have the pleasure of writing the full review of a Sunday puzzle for your kind perusal. Dada has given us a very enjoyable puzzle this time with some excellent clues. Continue reading “ST 3113”

Toughie 2669

Toughie No 2669 by Robyn

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Robyn is a new (female?) Toughie setter and this is an excellent, if not too difficult to solve, debut.

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DT 29714

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29714

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  No surprises in today's puzzle – it is pretty much what we've come to expect on this day of the week. It did feel like there were a few more charades than usual, and towards the end of the hints I started to worry about exhausting my list of charade clue introductions.  Continue reading "DT 29714"

DT 29713

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29713

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I’m deputising for Pommers today as he is travelling around southern Spain.

A good start-of-the-week puzzle i.e. not too difficult!

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EV 1493 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1493 (Hints)

Cell by Oxymoron

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Oxymoron (also known as Schadenfreude) was the favourite setter for many solvers, producing crosswords for all the major thematic cryptic outlets for over 33 years and compiling those in the Cambridge University CAM magazine. Sadly, this will be the 72nd and last of the Oxymoron ones in the EV series. Continue reading “EV 1493 (Hints)”

ST 3114 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3114 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we achieved the Province’s vaccination target for the first phase of reopening a week early, 70%+ of all Manitobans age 12 and above to have received their 1st vaccination dose, and 25%+ to have received their 2nd vaccination dose, so, yesterday, we cautiously ‘first phase reopened’ a week early. … Continue reading