July 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2688

Toughie No 2688 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

I found this tricky (surprise) with some interesting indicators and plenty of Elgar’s usual deviousness. No Nina or theme.

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DT 29741

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29741

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a slightly damp morning.

Until I got the first couple of answers in today’s puzzle I thought that it was going to be difficult, but once a few checkers were in place my solving speed increased.… Continue reading

Toughie 2687

Toughie No 2687 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I made harder work of this than I should have (which I put down to watching the Olympics at the same time as solving). A lot of the clues did seem rather ‘samey’ and 17 out of the 30 clues require us to insert or delete a single letter.… Continue reading

DT 29739

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29739

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We went a whole week without either of us doing a single cryptic crossword. Withdrawal symptoms were definitely showing so it is good to get back into the regular routine. An extra bonus is that there is a supply of unsolved puzzles from last week that we can draw upon in desperate circumstances.… Continue reading