Category Archives: Dada

Dada is John Halpern, who also sets as Paul in The Guardian

Toughie 1916

Toughie No 1916 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A big warm hello to you all.  We have a Dada puzzle in today’s Toughie slot, and it’s everything I’ve come to expect from him.  A little trickier than the Toughies we often start the week with, but repaying the extra thought with extra smiles.… Read More

Toughie 1900

Toughie No 1900 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all, and welcome to the decryption page for Toughie number 1900, crafted for your solving pleasure by Dada.  As we arrive at the turn of a century in Toughieland I glance ahead to the next millennium: if my calculations are correct — and if the series continues without interruptions — the 2000th will be on the 10th of April next year. … Read More

Toughie 1888

Toughie No 1888 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello!  I’m relieved to have been freed from the communication restraints imposed by International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Plain English (translated from the original meows) will suffice for the hints today as Dada brings enough sparkle to the proceedings with a puzzle full of interjections, exclamations and ejaculations (in the grid, and elicited in the solver!). … Read More

Toughie 1872

Toughie No 1872 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.  I found this a wonderfully fun-packed puzzle and hope you did too.

I’ve often found this setter’s crosswords a little trickier than do the bulk of the commentariat, but if that’s the case today then there’ll be complaints, because this gave me less trouble than most back page offerings. … Read More

Toughie 1856

Toughie No 1856 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi Toughie-lovers.  Today Dada has brought us a fun puzzle with plenty of humour which I found a bit of a, well, toughie when solving but can’t really see why now.… Read More

Toughie 1841

Toughie No 1841 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Dada for a really enjoyable puzzle with lots of witty clueing.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Read More

Toughie 1825

Toughie No 1825 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Dada’s not at his most inventive today but he’s still given us a number of chuckles in an entertaining puzzle. Unlike yesterday the short answers all went in fairly quickly for me, helped by the fact that there are several ‘old friends’ amongst them.… Read More

Toughie 1808

Toughie No 1808 by Dada

Marathon Man!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Warrington! I have been asked to step in and start the Toughie week, and am doing it in the company of Dada. Many of you will know that Dada is John Halpern and recently he ran the London Marathon in a rather unusual way.… Read More

Toughie 1792

Toughie No 1792 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello hintseekers!  Top of the morning/afternoon/evening/night [delete as applicable] to you!  To bring you this puzzle, this setter has taken time off training for the London Marathon, during which he will compile an entire crossword on the run, as it were …  Yes, you read that correctly. … Read More

Toughie 1772

Toughie No 1772 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.  Tuesday has come again, bringing with it a fun Toughie from Mr Halpern which caused me less trouble than the back page.  After an unfocused start I raced through this, but unusually for me left many loose ends to sort out later (normally I like to “tidy up” as I go along – oh, how I wish I were like that in real life!). … Read More