Mr K – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29786

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29786

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I'm busy making slides for a program review on Thursday, so less time than usual was available to search for amusing pictures to illustrate clues or answers. Which is a shame because this nice puzzle deserves great pictures. It feels to me like the work of our friend X-Type.  Continue reading "DT 29786"

DT 29780

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29780

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Welcome to another Tuesday blog about a typical Tuesday puzzle. I think that says all that needs to said, so let's get on with the hinty part of the blog.  Continue reading "DT 29780"

DT 29774

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29774

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to our discussion of another satisfying and enjoyable Tuesday crossword puzzle. Two Tuesdays ago X-Type said in a comment that "you'll see me more regularly from now on".  After solving this puzzle I suspect that regularly means fortnightly. Writing that reminded me that fortnight is one of a few non-slang British English words that baffle most Americans, perhaps because it's so difficult to guess its meaning.  Wikipedia, noting that the word is rarely used in North America, also warns readers that it is not to be confused with Fortnite, whose rise now makes comprehension over here even more difficult. Continue reading "DT 29774"

DT 29768

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29768

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I enjoyed today's puzzle, in part because several clues presented wordplay that required a little thought to untangle everything, without requiring any visits to the dictionary. I wonder if our compiler is one of those who might comment here. Perhaps we'll find out later today.  Continue reading "DT 29768"

DT 29762

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29762

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I would, as they say over here, bet dollars to donuts that today's puzzle is the work of our friend X-Type. No major holdups during the solve, although I did need the BRB to verify a couple of new words. But that's all good because both answers emerged from simply following the instructions provided by the wordplay, which is just as it should be.  Continue reading "DT 29762"

DT 29756

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29756

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. It is a long time since I had this much fun solving a Tuesday puzzle. The setter had me hooked with the definition in 1a, and it just got better from there.  A few of the clues were so good that I had to wonder if anything similar had appeared before. So I consulted my database of over half a million cryptic clues and, while the answers have of course been seen previously, the wordplay for those clues is both original and much better than anything that I could find. If I wore a hat, it would be off to our compiler. Brilliant work!  I hope we see more like this in the Tuesday slot. Continue reading "DT 29756"

DT 29750

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29750

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today we have a quality puzzle of about average Tuesday difficulty. Nothing too obscure or contentious, I think. I look forward to reading what everyone else thought of it.  Continue reading "DT 29750"

DT 29744

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29744

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

Hello, everyone.  I found much to like in today's fine puzzle, so I have bumped the enjoyment rating up to a star above average. There's nothing obscure or convoluted in the clueing, with most of the challenge coming from excellent misdirection and skilfully disguised definitions. I would very much like to know who created a puzzle this entertaining. So if our compiler is reading, perhaps they could post a comment below?  Continue reading "DT 29744"

DT 29738

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29738

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I expect that today some solvers will, like me, be either dusting off or learning vocabulary used nowadays only in crosswordland. No complaints about that when the wordplay leads cleanly to the answer. Continue reading "DT 29738"

DT 29732

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29732

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Hello, everyone. I was finding this puzzle typically Tuesdayish until I got hung up for a while on a cluster of clues down in the SW.  A peek at the Chambers Crossword Dictionary provided the inspiration needed to complete the grid fill. I thought there were a few particularly clever clues sprinkled throughout the grid.  All in all, the solve was good fun. Continue reading "DT 29732"