Tuesday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2925

Toughie No 2925 by Gila

Hints and tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone from a lovely early Autumn day here on the South Devon coast. Continue reading “Toughie 2925”

DT 30091

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 30091
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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

 

Good morning. Mr K is moving from Tuesdays to Thursdays, leaving me with an entertaining challenge that seemed a little tougher than average. Continue reading “DT 30091”

DT 30085

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30085

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found myself bouncing all over the grid adding answers during my solve of this puzzle, so it took quite a few passes through the grid to get everything done and dusted. Weird how that happens sometimes. And afterwards it’s hard to see why.  Continue reading "DT 30085"

DT 30073

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30073

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I’d like to say that I solved this engaging and enjoyable puzzle completely unaided. I really would. But I can’t, because I had to turn to reference materials to make sense of some of the final down clues. On the flip side, I have learned several exotic new words. But even more puzzling than some of those answers is how the setter managed to get a crossword containing twelve complete or partial anagrams past the editor. Unless the setter is our editor? Perhaps we will find out later.  Continue reading "DT 30073"

DT 30061

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30061

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the day after International Cat Day. Perhaps some of you took advantage of Google’s enhancement on Monday of all feline-related searches.  The YouTube video here provides an illustration of what Google did. Moving on to today’s crossword, if we believe the assertion that setter Anthony Plumb always uses the same grid for his puzzles here, then it looks likely that he created today’s fine puzzle. The precise grammar, smooth surfaces, and misdirection in his clues makes these puzzles a joy to hint.  Continue reading "DT 30061"