Dada – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2713

Toughie No 2713 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from The Roseland Peninsula where the sun is breaking through the early morning haze and casting a sheen upon the waters. With Dada as today’s setter Continue reading “Toughie 2713”

Toughie 2689

Toughie No 2689 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Dada has presented a grid of only twenty-eight solutions today. 16 of those have unchecked first letters which always increases the difficulty level of a puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2689”

Toughie 2673

Toughie 2673 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

You know it’s tough when Cryptic Sue emails offering help without being asked. I ground it out to a satisfying finish though. Continue reading “Toughie 2673”

Toughie 2625

Toughie No 2625 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Good day from our humble abode here in Barrel. We start the Toughie week with a genuine Toughie fairly clued. I had no idea who had set this one when I started but quickly decided Dada was the chief suspect. It’s not often that I identify a setter so I think a pint later is in order Continue reading “Toughie 2625”

Toughie 2601

Toughie No 2601 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

I found this crossword a tad trickier than the usual Toughie Tuesday puzzles so I wasn’t surprised to see that Dada was responsible for setting it. I did find it very enjoyable to solve and also to review although a couple of answers needed extra thinking time to sort out. Continue reading “Toughie 2601”

Toughie 2585

Toughie No 2585 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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

Good morning from Barrel. Today Dada has supplied us with a true Toughie. Definitions and synonyms are stretched to the limit in this tantalising puzzle. I found it a pleasure to tease out the answers one by one relying on wordplay, definitions and if nothing else fits it must be right so bung it in’ to fill the lights. Continue reading “Toughie 2585”

Toughie 2526

Toughie No 2526 by Dada

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

The days when you could guarantee an easy Toughie on a Tuesday seem well gone. This was of middling difficulty, with several long answers and some of what were, for me at least, obscurities (the aromatic plant, the design and the Indian state, although I had heard of the latter) and a sprinkling of General Knowledge. Continue reading “Toughie 2526”