Author Archives: tilsit

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. The puzzle itself fits well into the Tuesday slot and some will like it and some won’t.… 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!

I’m at the Open University Students’ Association Conference and am running the Quiet Quiz on Saturday evening as opposed to the Noisy One with balloons and foam!… 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. Some lovely clues and all-in-all a very pleasant solve.… 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. I know we don’t often talk times, but this took far longer than any crossword I have tackled so far this year.… Read More

DT 27411

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27411

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Scchua is away this week.

Greetings from Huddersfield Infirmary! I’m currently resident here after surgery yesterday and although feeling a bit grotty, have a large stock of crosswords and reading material to keep me amused.

Today’s offering from Jay was a nice pleasant stroll and wasn’t particularly overtaxing, probably what I need.… Read More

DT 27408 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27408 (Hints)

The Northern branch of Big Dave’s Crossword Club

with Tilsit as your host

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There’s still time to enter this month’s prize Puzzle.  You are strongly advised to read the instructions thoroughly before entering.

While they are all partying like it’s 1999 in Bristol, it’s left to me to look after the shop. I’ll try and be around as much as I can but I am off to an Open University tutorial in Salford.… Read More