Mr K – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29212

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29212

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone, and welcome to a Tuesday blog that comes to you this week from Auckland.  Our run of excellent Tuesday puzzles continues with another fine offering.  I thought it was mostly straightforward except for a couple of clues that required some serious thought to untangle.  I look forward to reading what everyone else thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29212"

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DT 29206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29206

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

Hello, everyone.  I thought today’s puzzle was just excellent.  It’s filled with original constructions and penny drops that produced a succession of smiles, and that’s all combined with some very smooth surface readings.  I have my suspicions about the setter – perhaps he’ll comment later to confirm that it’s one of his?  Continue reading "DT 29206"

DT 29200

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29200

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I've just had the unusual experience of having the clocks go back two Saturdays in a row.  Perhaps that's why I've been feeling a bit out of it lately.  However, I am pretty sure that today has brought us a fine puzzle.  I found that the grid filled smoothly, with a few answers awaiting parsing at the end after being obtained from checkers and identifying the definition in the clue.  It turned out that those last answers came from some original and amusing wordplay that earned a 4* enjoyment rating from me.  Continue reading "DT 29200"

DT 29194

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29194

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Today’s amusing puzzle features an above average number of cryptic definitions and it has a bit of a clothing theme running through it.  I can’t deduce from that who our setter might be, so if they happen to be reading please post a comment below so we know who to thank for today’s entertainment. Continue reading "DT 29194"

DT 29188

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29188

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  It’s looking like it’ll be a nice day in London.  Today we have a solid Tuesday puzzle requiring almost no general knowledge.  Continue reading "DT 29188"

DT 29182

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29182

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone.  Not a lot of smiles for me in today's puzzle, although I did learn a German canal, a late-medieval English nobleman, and a new type of social worker.  Perhaps all the travelling is putting me in a grumpy mood.  Continue reading "DT 29182"

Toughie 2313

Toughie No 2313 by Zandio

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I'm standing in for Bufo this week.  I hadn't solved a Zandio puzzle before today, so I wasn't quite sure what I was volunteering for.  Today's puzzle certainly took me out of my comfort zone with a few clues that requiring some serious pondering to parse.  But I did find a lot to enjoy here, with a few smiles and penny drops along the way.  I look forward to reading your impressions. Continue reading "Toughie 2313"

DT 29176

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29176

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I thought that the top of today's puzzle was fairly gentle, but I found that things became more interesting when I reached the bottom.  Overall, I rated it a bit below average for difficulty and about average for enjoyment.  I, and the thousands of lurkers who will visit the blog today, look forward to reading what everyone else thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29176"

DT 29170

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29170

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  Grey and drizzly here, making this a good day to stay inside and solve crosswords.  Today's puzzle features at 14a Phil Anderson's winning entry in the clue-writing competition from the April edition of the Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter – congratulations Phil!  That fact suggests that this puzzle might be the work of Telegraph Puzzles Editor Chris Lancaster.  Perhaps he'll drop by later to confirm [4pm edit:  I'm told that it is indeed one of his].  I found it less challenging than his recent Tuesday puzzles, but still most enjoyable.  Continue reading "DT 29170"

DT 29164

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29164

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Solid Tuesday puzzle today.  No GK, concise clues, numerous single letter insertions and deletions, some very nice surfaces, several smiles, overall good fun.  Looking forward to reading what you thought.  Continue reading "DT 29164"