Dutch – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2298 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2298 by Osmosis

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

Another tightly-clued puzzle by Osmosis with lovely surface readings. I kicked myself realising I could have made my life quite a bit simpler in SE by using the pangram

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Toughie 2294 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2294 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 135th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, that is the basis for a theme. I got carried away with a cricket theme, dangerous as I know nothing of cricket – I was thinking 135 was the unbeaten number of runs by 23a Stokes, and I had plucked, I thought, a convincing number of cricketers from the grid.Continue reading >

Toughie 2286 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2286 by Elkamere

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

Always a joy. Today’s Elkamere has several easy ways in and plenty to keep you on your toes. My bottom half went in quickly and my top right hand corner yielded last.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2282 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2282 by proXimal

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

Fair, not overly difficult and enjoyable puzzle from proXimal today. I started with 8a and worked systematically anti-clockwise, giving me the illusion of being in control.

Many thanks Tilsit for looking after last Friday’s toughie

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Toughie 2274 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2274 by Sparks

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Great fun from Sparks. I managed to find a little Nina. Even not knowing the dance, the expression of derision, and the botanical term for losing one’s bits (my last one in), all were clearly clued and I completed within ** time.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2270 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2270 by Artix

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

A lovely puzzle by Artix, full of innovative clueing

Definitions are underlined as usual. The hints are intended to help you untangle the wordplay. You can reveal the answers by clicking on the click here buttons.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2266 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2266 by Elgar

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

Today we have Elgar’s 134th Telegraph Toughie. I would be most impressed with anyone who realised this is the number of a bus route in London containing the stops in rows 7&9, row 2 (sort of), and more.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2262 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2262 by Elkamere

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

One of the joys of the Friday slot is having an Elkamere to blog and finding out it is a pangram. I made more use of Chambers than usual, though turns out I had come across all of the grid entries before.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2258 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2258 by Zandio

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

This is the first Zandio puzzle I’ve had the pleasure of blogging. The right-hand side went in easily enough but I struggled in SW. I’m still not sure about 26a, so if you have any thoughts on that, please share. … Continue reading >

Toughie 2254 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2254 by proXimal

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

Beautiful clueing by proXimal. After some initial staring at the grid, I found a foothold after which I progressed at a reasonable pace. No obscurities, thank you setter, though I hadn’t heard of the valley (21d)

Identifying the definition in the clue is half the battle.… Continue reading >