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Toughie 1634

Toughie No 1634 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Warrington! As Bufo is sunning himself on a Club 18-30 Ibiza Rave Party holiday, BD asked me to fill his boots for the day.

A nice pleasant puzzle from Petitjean today, which fits well into the Thursday slot.… Read More

ST 2849 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!  While BD sleeps off the excesses of yesterday’s Derby booze up meeting of minds, I’ve popped in to look after the Sunday puzzle.  It’s another absolute belter from Brian G who produces such high quality puzzles every week.  … Read More

ST 2840 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2840 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Note:  The EV is now up on the website

Good morning everyone, the Boss is schmoozing with the Macclesfield set this morning, so I’ve been left with the keys to the shop.  It’s the Sunday cryptic and to be fair, I thought today was a little more challenging than usual, but no less enjoyable.  … Read More

Help to save the Indy Cryptic puzzles

Many of you will read of the Independent’s plans to produce an online, rather than print edition.  At the time of writing, it is not clear where this leaves their crossword.

Under Mike Hutchinson’s editorship, a great many of Big Dave’s NTSPP setters have gone on to get their first published break, and losing this valuable resource would most certainly limit the options for newer setters to break into the field.… Read More

ST 2833 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Difficulty *** / Enjoyment ****

Morning everyone.  After a lovely day yesterday surrounded by the great and the good, it’s back to business today with the Sunday Puzzle by Brian and it is to be fair a little tougher than yesterday’s Daily, but no less enjoyable, and packed with clues that are always fair.… Read More

DT 28024 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28024 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the 07:19 from Warrington.  The Saturday Club is having a day out en route to London for a special day out.  Big Dave was leaving me to babysit things and I decided if you can’t beat them, join them! … Read More

Double Toughie 100007

Double Toughie No 100007

Enigma Variations by Elgar

Friends Dropping Round for Christmas

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

Season’s Greetings from a wet Warrington! Merry Christmas to you all and here’s Elgar’s annual seasonal offering which is probably one of his more accessible puzzles.… Read More

ST 2819 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2819 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning All

Thanks to Crypticsue for standing in at short notice when a certain four-legged chum decided to be a bit awkward.  I am having problems with another four-legged chum this morning.  His name’s Dexter and he insists on sitting on the keyboard while I am typing this, expecting cuddles and treats.… Read More

ST 2818 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2818 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Hello, back again while the boss is elsewhere gallivanting and partying like it’s 1762.

Certainly a bit of a sterner challenge than yesterday’s but a very enjoyable puzzle from one of my favourite setter.  Probably the best hint I can offer today is “read the clue and break it up into pieces, nothing is ever wasted”.… Read More

DT 27935 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27935 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning all!

While the gang are away in that London, I’m going to babysit things for the next couple of weekends.

Incidentally if you are bored today once you have finished this enjoyable puzzle, one of my puzzles is the General Knowledge Jumbo challenge in the Independent.  … Read More