Author Archives: tilsit

Toughie 1372

Toughie No 1372 by Notabilis

A Very Good Friday

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Nice to be back and have the pleasure of blogging a terrifically enjoyable puzzle from the ever-dependable Notabilis. A nicely challenging crossword with just about the right level of difficulty to make this a Friday puzzle.… Read More

DT 27713 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27713 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit & Digby

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Greetings from the North of Liverpool.  I’m up in Crosby on a retreat for a weekend while everyone else is gathering for cake in London.  If you are around, do pop over to the Bridge House, it’s a lovely venue and lots of your favourite people will be there, and maybe a few of your tormentors so you can shake them warmly by the throat. … Read More

Toughie 1314

Toughie No 1314 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

As our usual Tuesday chappie is gallivanting elsewhere, I’ve offered to help out today. I won’t go on about the grid, but suffice it to say, it is not one of my favourites.… Read More

Toughie 1213

Toughie No 1213 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

Greetings from Milton Keynes! I’ve survived a horrendous journey down including being stuck in a Portaloo for an hour at Leicester Forest East Service Area and having to be rescued by the Fire Brigade!… Read More

Toughie 1209

Toughie No 1209 by Firefly

A Grump writes…..

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the AAU at Calderdale Hospital. Trying to write today’s blog while having a top-up of antibiotics. However the good folk at Microsoft deemed that if you have the latest version of their product, Office 365, you have to be online to use it!… Read More

Toughie 1177

Toughie No 1177 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Notabilis is here today to tease and torment us with a lovely puzzle, well up to his usual standard, though overall I think slightly easier than usual.… Read More

Toughie 1169

Toughie No 1169 by Beam

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. When I was wondering who I was going to face today, I have to say the last person I would have expected was Ray T but we have a pleasant Friday challenge that won’t stretch the mind like most Friday Toughies.… Read More

Toughie 1165

Toughie No 1165 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Managed to tackle today’s blog in between daily trips back to my second home at Calderdale Infirmary. I was very pleased to tackle one of my favourite setters and Notabilis did not disappoint today with an enjoyable puzzle that just nicely stretched my mental muscles.… Read More

Toughie 1150

Toughie No 1150 by Excalibur

The Week Starts Here!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. I managed to stage an escape from the clutches of Matron yesterday and came home to the milk I had left out when the ambulance arrived to ferry me off, which appears to have turned into that little-known Calderdale Cheese, and bread that Alexander Fleming would be interested in studying.… Read More

Toughie 1141

Toughie 1141 by Elgar

The Real McCoy

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. There’s been a-stomping in the hills all week and it’s finally arrived. The Cruciverbal equivalent of Vlad the Impaler is back and make no mistake, this is a real beast of a puzzle.… Read More