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 1295

Toughie No 1295 by Giovanni

More Sherry, Vicar?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This one from Giovanni was not too tricky apart from one unknown (to me) word at 18d, which was difficult to solve without a bit of trial and error. At one stage I thought we were getting a theme based on songs about young ladies but two isn’t really a theme – although I did end up humming the tunes all morning.… Read More

Toughie 1278

Toughie No 1278 by Giovanni

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

It is rumoured that Giovanni has strong words to say about crossword blogs in the forthcoming update of his beloved manual.  If he continues to produce puzzles like this one then it is not surprising that the Arsène Wenger* of Crosswordland gets bad reviews.… Read More

Toughie 1264

Toughie No 1264 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A slow start but once I’d got started the answers went in very quickly until I was left with the final few. The double unchecked letters were a factor in the final slow-down.

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Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

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Toughie 1231

Toughie No 1231 by Giovanni

You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There were one or two clues that needed a bit of thought but on the whole this was a fairly straightforward Toughie.… Read More

Toughie 1215

Toughie No 1215 by Giovanni

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is Toughie No. 1215 but there’s no mention of Magna Carta. Giovanni usually smuggles a few obscure words into his Toughies but today there’s only one (14a) that I’d never heard of. As always with this setter the wordplay is precise and the surfaces smooth.… Read More

Toughie 1199

Toughie No 1199 by Giovanni

Chinese Red

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

Pretty tough today I thought with a fair bit of General Knowledge needed, but I did enjoy the challenge – thanks to Giovanni. It’s also a pangram. Talking of GK there was a contestant on yesterday’s edition of Pointless who thought that the Battle of Waterloo took place in England in the 1500s.… Read More

Toughie 1180

Toughie No 1180 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I had no problems until I was left with 25 down when the curse of the 4-letter answer struck. I eventually twigged but I have admit that I should have thought of the answer much sooner than I did.… Read More

Toughie 1162

Toughie No 1162 by Giovanni

Religious Instruction

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Giovanni provides some religious knowledge in today’s puzzle – a minor hold-up in the north east corner was my only problem.… Read More

Toughie 1146

Toughie No 1146 by Giovanni

A day to forget

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I found nothing to enjoy in this puzzle – a dreadful grid with isolated corners, too many proper nouns and nary a smile.… Read More