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MPP 087 – Review ~ Posted on

Monthly Prize Puzzle 087 – Review

August 2019

Upper Case Places by Alchemi

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Alchemi’s question was “How many capital cities are there in the completed grid?”  There were 14 in total.  They are highlighted in the grid at the end of this review. Continue reading “MPP 087 – Review”

DT 29132 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29132 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2279 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2279 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Why do setters use words like river, author etc. as definitions where there are thousands of possible answers? For me this puzzle was spoiled by an excess of General Knowledge, hence the reduction in enjoyment rating from four to two stars. Continue reading “Toughie 2279”

DT 29126 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29126 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2275 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2275 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Having thought I would be solving a Dada puzzle I find that it is actually one from Chalicea. The Telegraph website showed the wrong setter, apparently Dada will be next Tuesday. For me, this is a win-win situation! Continue reading “Toughie 2275”

DT 29120 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29120 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2271 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2271 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

There are several features you will always find in a Silvanus puzzle – immaculate cluing, a variety of different clue types and scrupulous attention to detail, to name but three. Together these go to make up a very enjoyable puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2271”

Toughie 2267 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2267 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I struggled with some of the clues but looking back the only ones that involved something I had never encountered were the Chinese port in 10 Across and the American “spin” in 7 Down. This was certainly not a typical (Fluffy) Tuesday puzzle! Continue reading “Toughie 2267”

DT 29108 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29108 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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