Giovanni – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2284 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2284 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2264 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2247 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2232 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2212 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2196 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2164 by Giovanni

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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 ~ Posted on

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 >

Toughie 2133 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2133 by Giovanni

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Today we have a pangram from Giovanni that’s not too tricky and doesn’t have too many religious obscurities.

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