Giovanni – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2515

Toughie No 2515 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It was all going so well with very little in the way of obscurities until I reached the SE corner where 24d (for the meaning) and 28a (for the parsing) caused a bit of difficulty and made me increase the difficulty rating by half a star.… Continue reading

Toughie 2491

Toughie No 2491 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni has cut down on the religious obscurities today and given us an entertaining puzzle with a pair of excellent anagrams, though there were still a couple of unknowns for me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2471

Toughie No 2471 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I got through this puzzle at a stately rather than brisk pace and I enjoyed unravelling it. The only vocabulary that was new to me was the 6d Buddhist movement (although I hadn’t come across the unusual spelling of 21d either).… Continue reading

Toughie 2443

Toughie No 2443 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

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

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

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

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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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

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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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

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