Giovanni – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2304

Toughie No 2304 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Not a lot of laughs today – Giovanni has given us mostly pretty straightforward clues but with a couple of obscure terms thrown in to ensure that we get full value from our copies of Chambers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2284

Toughie No 2284 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie if it didn’t have a few terms I didn’t know but the only one which gave me any significant problems was 5d where I was thrown by the unusual spelling.… Continue reading

Toughie 2264

Toughie No 2264 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I made hard work of this one but I did enjoy the exercise (and only the sheaves of wheat were a totally new word for me). Thanks to Giovanni.… Continue reading

Toughie 2247

Toughie No 2247 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

No surprises here – you know what you are going to get with a Giovanni Toughie. A pretty average puzzle in which the difficulty is ramped up by the inclusion of a couple of words that are not in the average solver’s vocabulary – in my case 23a and 4d.… Continue reading

Toughie 2232

Toughie No 2232 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I found this fairly gentle with only two answers that I didn’t know (the African money and the Indian bed) and in both cases the wordplay and the checkers made the solving straightforward with just a resort to Chambers required to confirm that I’d got the answers right.… Continue reading

Toughie 2212

Toughie No 2212 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I found this to be something of a slog requiring lots of checking – Google had to put in an extra shift. Thanks Giovanni but, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, I do prefer Toughies which rely on clever wordplay rather than obscure vocabulary.… Continue reading

Toughie 2196

Toughie No 2196 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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There’s nothing to scare the nags here and I thought that most of the clues could have appeared in one of Giovanni’s Friday back-pagers. There are two words I didn’t know (the 5d plant and the 6d rebound) but both can be got easily enough from the wordplay and the checkers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2176

Toughie No 2176 by Giovanni

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I thought that this was a bit stiffer than the usual Giovanni Toughie but I did enjoy the tussle. There were a few words I didn’t know but no religious obscurities.… Continue reading

Toughie 2164

Toughie No 2164 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Giovanni has given us a fair bit of General Knowledge today but we’ve been spared anything as ancient as the Old Testament. I didn’t know the medical creaking, the vitamin name or the tasty maggot but in each case I was able to work out the answer from the wordplay and look it up to find it nestling in the pages of Chambers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2148

Toughie No 2148 by Giovanni

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No obscure religious terms from Giovanni today but there were several words I didn’t know. However, a combination of Giovanni’s usual precise wordplay and checking letters led me to the answers which I was then able to verify.… Continue reading