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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Toughie 1132

Toughie No 1132 by Giovanni

It didn’t cause much bother

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I didn’t find this particularly difficult despite the presence of several unfamiliar answers and the thought needed to work out the wordplay for the last 2 or 3 answers

Toughie 1119

Toughie No 1119 by Giovanni

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is a fairly gentle Toughie. I was held up a bit by the wordplay in 1d and I had to google the ‘Sir Patrick’ in 26a but, those apart, it was pretty much plain sailing. It does have some inventive anagram indicators.

Toughie 1090

Toughie No 1090 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

One of those dreadful four-corner grids helped to make this a passable but not very enjoyable puzzle.