Dutch – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2346

Toughie No 2346 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

We have come to expect nothing but top quality puzzles from proXimal. Excellent surface readings combined with innovative clueing makes for a most enjoyable solve

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

Toughie 2342

Toughie No 2342 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Today’s theme is readily apparent, we have a grid filled with 9 examples (one hypothetical) of 4d’s 8d series. This is Elgar’s 138th telegraph toughie, and if you have not spotted the relevance of that number you may be forgiven, for it involves some poetic licence.… Continue reading

Toughie 2338

Toughie No 2338 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Ah, Sparks having fun again. A very enjoyable puzzle. There is a theme indicated by a Nina. How many did you count? I’m not super-keen on the reverse Polish notation (1d, 3d, 6d, 14d), but plenty to make up for that, and the theme always raises a smile.… Continue reading

Toughie 2334

Toughie No 2334 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Devious, clever and fun! A precise set of cryptic clues from Osmosis which require careful inspection, providing a very rewarding solve. And we have a pangram, of course.… Continue reading

Toughie 2330

Toughie No 2330 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

This is Elgar’s 137th Telegraph Toughie. I hope you still have your disco shoes. The long entry, part of the theme, is the link to the number 137.… Continue reading

Toughie 2326

Toughie No 2326 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

 

Another most enjoyable puzzle from proXimal with some delightful clues. I hope you liked it as much as I did.

Definitions are underlined as usual. The hints are intended to help you unravel the wordplay.… Continue reading

Toughie 2322

Toughie No 2322 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

This is Elgar’s 136th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, we can have fun looking for how the puzzle alludes to this number. I initially noticed two things about today’s puzzle – the first was the grid with the four long central 13-letter answers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2318

Toughie No 2318 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

A rather good puzzle from Artix, I thought, with plenty of enjoyable twists – though I confess surprise at one of the anagram indicators. 1a and 2d were my last ones in – it took me a while to see the devices being used, very nice!… Continue reading

Toughie 2314

Toughie No 2314 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Another high-quality pangram by Osmosis. Very enjoyable

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

Across

1a    World leaders in the room more flexible — an effect of satisfying congress?Continue reading

Toughie 2310

Toughie No 2310 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

A punchy puzzle by Sparks with some great wordplay and some new vocab for me. I remember my thermodynamics, but it would seem I need to brush up on methods of controlling locks, as well as molluscs, woods and Swedes.… Continue reading