November 3, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2951

Toughie No 2951 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle which involves a lot of inserting and deleting of individual letters. The four three-letter answers make a pattern.

I can’t satisfactorily parse 7d so any better ideas than mine for this one would be most welcome.… Continue reading

DT 30135

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30135

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. I found this a puzzle of two halves. On the first pass through the grid, I got nothing in the top half but filled most of the bottom half. That was followed by bouncing around the grid gradually getting every clue answered and parsed, finishing with the devious 4d. There’s a lot of clever wordplay and smooth surfaces in this one, making for a most enjoyable solve. I hope its compiler will take a bow later today. Continue reading "DT 30135"