Donnybrook – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2506

Toughie No 2506 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Olivia De Havilland

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Saint Sharon’s sanatorium here in Barrel where I am suffering the cold both of my grandsons had when we met up for a day out on The Oxford Canal on Sunday. Our first day out together since Lockdown. Continue reading “Toughie 2506”

Toughie 2458

Toughie No 2458 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Violet Elizabeth Bott

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

Good afternoon from the heart of rural Warwickshire where life in lockdown is pure bliss and great practice for our forthcoming retirement. Continue reading “Toughie 2458”

Toughie 2442

Toughie No 2442 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Tattycoram

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from the very still heart of Downtown L I where great excitement has been enjoyed as a Cuckoo has been heard singing his song in the osier beds. The first in many years. Todays Toughie is not too tough although a couple of parsings held me up. Continue reading “Toughie 2442”

Toughie 2434

Toughie No 2434 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Reynard The Fox

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Afternoon which is just about when our paperboy/man turns up. This is just how I like a Tuesday Toughie. Tough enough to make me think but doable after a little bit of thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2422

Toughie No 2422 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle required a fair degree of General Knowledge, but the composer was the only one I had not encountered before. Although this was my last one, in retrospect the wordplay was very straightforward.… Continue reading

Toughie 2411

Toughie No 2411 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I hope that you are all taking care and coping in these troubling times. I made my weekly trip to Sainsbury’s this morning and had to queue 50 minutes in a long spaced-out line snaking round the car park before getting into the store – the weather was fine and there was quite a bit of banter exchanged (at a distance) between some of us in the queue so it wasn’t too much of a chore but it wouldn’t be much fun in the rain.… Continue reading

Toughie 2394

Toughie No 2394 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The only (small) difficulty was in spotting the anagram fodder for several of the clues – the rest was plain sailing. Continue reading “Toughie 2394”

Toughie 2378

Toughie No 2378 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Donnybrook makes it simple today with a mix of easy clues with even easier ones, with 10a being the only clue that would have been out-of-place in a backpage puzzle.

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Toughie 2366

Toughie No 2366 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Measured as a Toughie, I found this to be fairly easy. Less experienced solvers may think differently if they haven’t previously seen constructs like shopper = one who shops or betrays (13a), near meaning tight or miserly (1d), and splitting the answer to 9d as (3-11). Continue reading “Toughie 2366”