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 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

Toughie 1451

Toughie No 1451 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I sailed through this and only the time spent getting the last couple lifted it above one star for difficulty. Perhaps I was fortunate in that I was familiar with all the less-familiar words

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Toughie 1437

Toughie No 1437 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Giovanni offers us a Pangram today, though the combination of unusual words and ultra-loose definitions made it hard for me to enjoy this puzzle as much as I did last Friday’s.… Read More

Toughie 1417

Toughie No 1417 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Another high-quality Tuesday puzzle from the Don to which this rather hurried set of hints doesn't really do justice.

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Toughie 1405

Toughie No 1405 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Four English novelists, an English philosopher, at least three saints, Oxford shoes (and academics), a cathedral city, a classical language and a Tribe of Israel. Yes, folks, it's the Don, who is all over the papers today on the occasion of his 70th birthday.… Read More

Toughie 1389

Toughie No 1389 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

An enjoyable breeze of a puzzle by Giovanni on a rare Tuesday appearance, but can someone explain to me how 12d works! [EDIT: False alarm -- the minute I posted the blog I saw the answer.]

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