Category Archives: Donnybrook

Toughie 2033

Toughie No 2033 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is an enjoyable midweek Toughie with a number of penny drop moments, although when writing the blog I noticed that there did seem to be a largeish number of insert/contain constructs.… Read More

Toughie 2014

Toughie No 2014 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Last time I struggled with a Donnybrook puzzle that others found straightforward. This time I found it to be straightforward but not very exciting. The only problem I had in solving it was in trying to ignore an attention-seeking dog.… Read More

Toughie 1989

Toughie No 1989 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I enjoyed this puzzle where what difficulties there were came from clever misdirections rather than obscure vocabulary (good). I wonder whether Donnybrook has decided to adopt Ray T’s style because all the clues are succinct with none straying over eight words, all the answers are single words and the Queen makes an appearance (no innuendo as far as I can see, though). … Read More

Toughie 1973

Toughie No 1973 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is the first time I’ve had a Donnybrook Toughie to blog and I found it a gentle but pleasant experience. There are lots of proper nouns and at one stage I thought there was going to be a mini-theme relating to scientists but we only got as far as two examples.… Read More

Toughie 1954

Toughie No 1954 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I hadn’t solved a Donnybrook puzzle before (Kitty has done the only previous blogs of this setter’s puzzles) and so I didn’t know what to expect. I must confess to making fairly heavy weather of it and the time it took me put it firmly in the 4* difficulty zone.… Read More

Toughie 1932

Toughie No 1932 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello crossword friends.  I hope you are all safe and warm.  I’ll have to be brief today as I’ve had less time than usual for this.  It was fortunate then that I didn’t find it as hard as the previous Donnybrook (but if I recall, I found that one tougher than others did). … Read More

Toughie 1904

Toughie No 1904 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello there.  It does appear that we have a new setter.  A warm welcome to Donnybrook — and a big Tuesday welcome to you all too.

I can find nothing online about Donnybrook the setter, but find that it is a slang term for a brawl or riot. … Read More