Giovanni – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2610

Toughie No 2610 by Giovanni

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When I first accessed this from the Puzzles site early this morning clue 27a was repeated as 27d which caused a problem with the grid. That was soon corrected however.

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Toughie 2594

Toughie No 2594 by Giovanni

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I thought that this was a proper midweek Toughie which I enjoyed. Thanks to Giovanni.

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Toughie 2578

Toughie No 2578 by Giovanni

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The run of gentle Wednesday Toughies has been brought to an end by this one requiring quite a lot of looking up – my copy of the BRB, already tatty, is now in danger of falling to pieces.… Continue reading

Toughie 2559

Toughie No 2559 by Giovanni

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Even though Giovanni has given us a couple of terms from his book of obscurities they are very fairly clued and there’s not an Old Testament character in sight.… Continue reading

Toughie 2535

Toughie No 2535 by Giovanni

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Giovanni has given us what I found to be a fairly tricky puzzle, though that may be because I was up half the night following the US shenanigans – doesn’t the way our elections are run seem a model of efficiency by comparison?… Continue reading

Toughie 2515

Toughie No 2515 by Giovanni

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It was all going so well with very little in the way of obscurities until I reached the SE corner where 24d (for the meaning) and 28a (for the parsing) caused a bit of difficulty and made me increase the difficulty rating by half a star.… Continue reading

Toughie 2491

Toughie No 2491 by Giovanni

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Giovanni has cut down on the religious obscurities today and given us an entertaining puzzle with a pair of excellent anagrams, though there were still a couple of unknowns for me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2471

Toughie No 2471 by Giovanni

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I got through this puzzle at a stately rather than brisk pace and I enjoyed unravelling it. The only vocabulary that was new to me was the 6d Buddhist movement (although I hadn’t come across the unusual spelling of 21d either).… Continue reading

Toughie 2443

Toughie No 2443 by Giovanni

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As I may have mentioned once or twice before I do prefer Toughies which are based on complex wordplay rather than obscure GK. Giovanni seems to delight in finding the most obscure words to populate his grids but, having said that, there were only two bits of GK (11a and 7d) in this one that I didn’t know.… Continue reading

Toughie 2427

Toughie No 2427 by Giovanni

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Last week I commended Serpent for giving us a Toughie where the difficulties came from tricky wordplay rather than obscure vocabulary but this week we have just the opposite.… Continue reading