November 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2966

Toughie No 2966 by Django

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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

Django provided a particularly tough Toughie for our Wednesday solving entertainment Continue reading “Toughie 2966”

DT 30158

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30158

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Carol didn’t manage to keep her Covid experience to herself and I (Colin) tested positive on Friday morning so have been in isolation since then. Went straight on the new antiviral drugs which seem to have done the trick with alleviating symptoms.… Continue reading

ST 3187 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3187

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 20th Nov 2022

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Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tougher Sunday puzzle of Dada that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.Continue reading

DT 30157

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No. 30157
Hints and tips by Gazza

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Twmbarlwm is away from home today so I’m ‘sitting in’ for him.

I thought that this was a fairly typical Tuesday puzzle. Thanks to the setter.

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DT 30156

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30156

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying a couple of balmy days (at least by Ottawa standards for late-November). I seized on the opportunity put up my Christmas lights – it was a pleasure to do it in +5°C weather rather than the more typical -5°C (or colder) weather.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 44 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 44 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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It is Mama Bee’s 86th birthday today so I may be a bit tardy in responding to comments, as we are taking her out for afternoon tea at (where else) Betty’s.

I was expecting a Zandio today but instead, we have a proXimal, maybe he wanted to give 5d an airing before he disappears into the political wilderness again. A broad stripe from top left to the bottom right came quite quickly but the other corners exercised the grey matter a bit more. Christmas rears its head a couple of times as do our near neighbours across the channel, but the city of Paris refers to the location of the mythological soldier who gave his name to the French capital.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1567 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1567 (Hints)

Condition by Eclogue

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The name Eclogue might suggest some connection with Virgil, but I believe that it actually refers to a hybrid creature whereof the front part is operated by Eclipse (thus partial rather than total) and the rear section by Logogriph, this latter being “a kind of enigma, in which a certain word, and other words that can be formed out of all or any of its letters, are to be guessed from synonyms of them introduced into a set of verses.”

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