Mr K – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29648

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone. I romped through the top half of today's puzzle and then came to a screeching halt in the bottom half. My 2* difficulty rating is the average of 1* for the top and 3* for the bottom.  It's a well-crafted puzzle with quite a few smiles raised during the enjoyable solve. There's also a food theme running through it. I wonder if that has any significance?  Continue reading "DT 29648"

DT 29642

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29642

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I had my second dose of Moderna earlier today, and I was happy to get the hints done before any side-effects appeared. Given that they are proof that the vaccine is doing its thing, I'm not sure if I want them or not. Anyway, we're here to talk about the crossword, so let's move on to that. The long anagrams in today's puzzle provided an early foothold from which I was able to make steady progress. I found a few of the surface readings rather odd. I'd grade it as a solid Tuesday puzzle with nothing super taxing.  Continue reading "DT 29642"

DT 29636

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29636

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I felt that today's puzzle contained a lot of quality surface readings which when read literally appear to be perfectly natural sentences or sentence fragments. Having created the odd puzzle, I know how challenging it can be to get that right while also disguising the wordplay and adhering to correct cryptic grammar. My hat is off to this compiler.  Continue reading "DT 29636"

DT 29630

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29630

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found this offering a steady solve, helped along by some echoes of recent Tuesday puzzles.  A pleasant experience overall.  Continue reading "DT 29630"

DT 29624

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29624

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I enjoyed today's puzzle because it offered a few unusual twists and turns. No idea who the compiler might be, but I do hope that they drop in later to take a bow.  Continue reading "DT 29624"

DT 29618

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29618

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I'm blogging today with a fresh armful of Moderna's finest. So far, so good. I thought that today's puzzle was trickier than the usual Tuesday fare. A mix of crafty misdirection and well-disguised definitions made for a most enjoyable solve, and so I have added extra stars to the BD rating.  Continue reading "DT 29618"

DT 29600

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29600

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

Hello, everyone. I felt today's offering was a step up in both difficulty and enjoyment. I finished the grid fill with a couple of answers still to be parsed, and both turned out to be fine examples of disguise and misdirection rather than complexity or obscurity. Just as it should be on a Tuesday. I'd be happy to blog more puzzles like this one. I do admire the willpower of compilers who are able to read all the comments on these pages about their handiwork and then say nothing in response. I hope that today's setter isn't like that. Continue reading "DT 29600"

DT 29594

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29594

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I thought that today's puzzle offered the usual Tuesday experience where we get to enjoy solving a selection of well-crafted clues that don't involve anything too obscure or complex. It felt like there were an above average number of Usual Suspects in the clues, so if you're a newish solver this crossword will introduce you to several of the common ones.  Continue reading "DT 29594"