October 20, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2943

Toughie No 2943 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Beam provides, as is his usual, an entertaining but not too tricky puzzle. Thanks to him.

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DT 30123

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30123

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. Fresh snowfall on the mountains across the valley last night indicates that our summer is most definitely over. That also means it’s flu shot time. I decided to go all in and get both a flu shot and a third covid booster this afternoon. I’ve therefore been trying to get this puzzle solved and hinted before the expected side effects kick in tonight. Today’s crossword felt more challenging than the Thursday norm. While that might just be me and my vaccine impairment, my feeling is that it reflects a lot of skilled misdirection and disguising of both definitions and clue structure. It was certainly a lot of fun unravelling it all. I do hope its creator takes a bow later.  Continue reading "DT 30123"