Giovanni – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2443

Toughie No 2443 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Toughie 2407

Toughie No 2407 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Giovanni seems to have forsworn (at least for the time being) his book of obscurities and has given us a very accessible puzzle. Thanks to him.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

Toughie 2391

Toughie No 2391 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This didn’t provide too many problems apart from 11a which I’d not heard of and which I needed to look up. The clueing, as always from Giovanni, is precise but there’s not much pizzazz.… Continue reading

Toughie 2375

Toughie No 2375 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I thought that this was more akin to the back-pagers that Giovanni used to give us on Fridays than his usual Toughies. There are no obscurities from the Old Testament or classical times and it’s all the better for that.… Continue reading

Toughie 2359

Toughie No 2359 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Happy New Year to one and all.

It was with some trepidation that I offered to swap Toughies with Gazza, and I was right. This is yet another back-page puzzle ramped up to Toughie level by the inclusion of a scattering of obscurities. Continue reading “Toughie 2359”

Toughie 2340

Toughie No 2340 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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There’s nothing too exciting in this puzzle and Giovanni has provided, as usual, a couple of words that I didn’t know. I did notice, when writing the hints, that we have to do quite a lot of deleting single letters.… Continue reading

Toughie 2331

Toughie No 2331 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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I guess there are no rules as to what distinguishes a Toughie from a back-page puzzle, but Giovanni seems to think that it means plumbing the depths of the BRB for obscure words and meanings. As far as I am concerned this makes for a very dull puzzle, others may have a different opinion. Continue reading “Toughie 2331”

Toughie 2304

Toughie No 2304 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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