Donnybrook – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2332

Toughie No 2332 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very pleasant puzzle which didn’t pose too many difficulties – thanks to Donnybrook.

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Toughie 2316

Toughie No 2316 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

We have a very gentle puzzle today, most of which I thought could easily have appeared on the back page. Thanks to Donnybrook.

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Toughie 2299

Toughie No 2299 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another great puzzle from Donnybrook. The answer to 11a reminded me of an anecdote, recounted below, from a job in Glasgow some 25 years ago – we stayed in a hotel in East Kilbride (Glasgow’s equivalent of Milton Keynes) as our usual hotel (The Pond, now the Leonardo Inn, at Anniesland) was fully booked. Continue reading “Toughie 2299”

Toughie 2283

Toughie No 2283 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The handful of lesser-known words were clued in such a way they could be worked out then checked in Chambers. Continue reading “Toughie 2283”

Toughie 2267

Toughie No 2267 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I struggled with some of the clues but looking back the only ones that involved something I had never encountered were the Chinese port in 10 Across and the American “spin” in 7 Down. This was certainly not a typical (Fluffy) Tuesday puzzle! Continue reading “Toughie 2267”

Toughie 2251

Toughie No 2251 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

As usual, Donnybrook teases and tantalises. There’s a lot to enjoy in this puzzle, and the words which were new to me were clued fairly. Favourite clue is a dead heat between 16 Down, which took a while to parse, and 19 Down, with its brilliantly conceived definition.… Continue reading

Toughie 2235

Toughie No 2235 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Kitty now has a full-time job, so is taking a break from blogging. That means that, for the foreseeable future, this blog will be a safe place for ailurophobes!… Continue reading

Toughie 2215

Toughie No 2215 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello to you all — I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.  It was certainly hot here.  After such a long and hard one, I’m looking forward to going back to work for a rest.*

It’s been a good while since Donnybrook last appeared on a Tuesday, and it’s great to see him today.  While I did have to check the odd half-remembered fact or unknown word deduced from wordplay, everything resolved smoothly and it was a pleasure to solve.  How was it for you?

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Toughie 2200

Toughie No 2200 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Given the amount of GK that’s contained in this puzzle I’m surprised that it didn’t actually pose many problems. I think I was helped by getting all four of the 15-letter answers fairly quickly.… Continue reading

Toughie 2180

Toughie No 2180 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is an interesting mixture of fairly straightforward clues (e.g. 9a and 3d where the answers leap out at you) and clues with clever and misleading definitions (e.g.… Continue reading