StephenL – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2901

Toughie No 2901 by Gila

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Hello everyone from a sun kissed South Devon 🌴. Gila kicks off the Toughie week with a fun and not overly difficult puzzle. Perfect fare for a Tuesday.… Continue reading

DT 30057

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30057

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Good morning everyone from a sunny South Devon, where amazingly it managed to stay out during my sea swim!

For those of you amongst us who don’t like “wordy” clues we have another puzzle from the “King of Concise” Ray T which was as ever a lot of fun.… Continue reading

Toughie 2893

Toughie No 2893 by Dada

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Hello everyone from a bright and pleasantly warm South Devon.

Dada kicks off the Toughie week with a fun and witty puzzle that was definitely a case of quality over quantity.… Continue reading

DT 30045

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30045

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Good morning from a cloudy South Devon. Here it’s been a case of “heatwave, what heatwave”….just lovely Summer’s days.

Today we have a quintessential Ray T, concisely clued Continue reading “DT 30045”

Toughie 2885

Toughie No 2885 by Chalicea
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Toughie setters this week

Wed Hudson Thu Artix  Fri Elgar

Hello all from sunny South Devon.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a Chalicea puzzle for the first time.… Continue reading

DT 30033

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30033
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Good morning everyone from a bluest of blue skies Torquay.

For those amongst us not tempted out by the glorious weather (I have had my daily sea swim!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2877

Toughie No 2877 by Serpent

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

Toughie Setters this week
Wednesday Django. Thursday Beam. Friday Elgar

Hello everyone from a cloudy South Devon. Tuesday rolls by again and we have the pleasure of a cracking Serpent puzzle to kick off the Toughie week.… Continue reading

DT 30021

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30021
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Good morning everyone from a sunny and warm South Devon.
Some less than obvious synonyms took me into 3* time but as enjoyable as ever. Continue reading “DT 30021”

Toughie 2869

TOUGHIE 2869 by Robyn
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone from a gloriously sunny South Devon coast.

Today it’s Robyn’s turn to put us through our Toughie paces. Another gem from one of my favourite setters.… Continue reading