Category Archives: Giovanni

Giovanni is Don Manley, who is also known as Duck, Pasquale, Quixote, and Bradman (all punningly connected with the name Don or Donald), and is the current Friday setter

Toughie 1620

Toughie 1620 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello and welcome to you all.  I embarked on this with my BRB poised and ready, but was in for a surprise.  A few little bits just nudged this beyond the 1* difficulty I was originally leaning towards.  … Read More

Toughie 1600

Toughie No 1600 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Welcome all to the start of a new Toughie week.  A little drop of rain has (along with many of its bigger friends) come to my part of the world, but it will make the flowers grow.  … Read More

Toughie 1584

Toughie No 1584 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

A typical Giovanni puzzle, nothing to frighten the proverbial horses and nothing to write home about. I had rather expected to add to my new Dictionary of Obscure Words but nothing today.… Read More

Toughie 1564

Toughie No 1564 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A fairly challenging puzzle for a Tuesday with not too many easy “ins” apart from the fairly obvious clue down the spine of the grid. Strongly clued, as one would expect of a Giovanni, with a smattering of clues requiring general knowledge – also as expected.… Read More

Toughie 1554

Toughie No 1554 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This was a typical Giovanni puzzle with some straightforward clues and some unfamiliar words.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

Toughie 1537

Toughie No 1537 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This was on the easier side for a Giovanni Toughie with only one word (1a) that I didn’t know. In fact, with the possible exception of that clue, I thought that the puzzle could well have appeared in his usual Friday back-page slot.… Read More

Toughie 1521

Toughie No 1521 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A rock solid puzzle with a fair bit of sparkle. I found it a pleasure to solve.

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Toughie 1501

Toughie No 1501 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Toro is busy with work today so I get to review the first Toughie of the week  in which some of the clues brought back  some nice memories of my Dad.  … Read More

Toughie 1477

Toughie No 1477 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty **** - Enjoyment ****

How on earth I failed to guess this was a Giovanni I do not know! Perhaps I was too busy enjoying some very deft cluemanship to notice the Judaeo-Christian references piling up.… Read More

Toughie 1462

Toughie No 1462 by Giovanni

Too Much Looking Up

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I prefer Toughies with complex wordplay to those with many obscure words and no less than five of the answers today were words that I didn’t know. For most of them the wordplay was pretty straightforward, but it still meant that I had to look them up in Chambers to verify that I’d got them right and to check their meaning.… Read More