Notabilis – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2290 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2290 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A fine example of what a Toughie, especially a Friday Toughie, should be. I did wonder whether it was “just me”, being the stand-in blogger’s stand-in, doing my first ‘on the day’ blog for a very long time – but decided that it is definitely Notabilis being as cleverly tricky as only he knows how.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2242 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2242 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Great stuff from Notabilis as always. The Nina helped me with several answers, e.g. 3d & 28a.

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Many thanks BD for covering for me while I was away.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2214 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2214 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

What a great way to start this glorious long weekend – a brilliant puzzle by Notabilis. (And there should be something to keep you amused on Sunday in the Independent) Today we have a pangram and a little Nina, as well as plenty of original trickery to keep us amused.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2174 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2174 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Well, who else swore at the puzzle for stupidly including the same clue twice? All is explained by the Nina. Notabilis is being rather clever again, making for a top quality and highly enjoyable puzzle.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2154 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2154 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Lots of fun from Notabilis today. 6a was almost my first one in but I delayed, suddenly doubting the plural. I then bunged in SAILOR for 23a, soon corrected.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2119 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2119 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello and Happy Friday!  Dutch’s generosity means I have the pleasure today of blogging a lovely puzzle by one of my favourite setters.  I don’t know if this was Notabilis in gentler mode or if I’ve just regained the ability to solve crosswords at a little faster than a slow snail’s pace, but I didn’t have too much trouble at all.  Most unusual.  I did have all the expected fun along the way.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2091 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2091 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Notabilis has some wonderful definitions in this somewhat harder than usual puzzle (or maybe I’m just off-wavelength). It took me a while to find some of the parsings.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2043 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2043 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by KateR

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

 

Hello everyone!  KateR here — I really wanted to chat with you again and in this way I can help Dutch while he is having laptop issues. … Continue reading >

Toughie 2019 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2019 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another top quality puzzle from Notabilis. I was able to complete before the school run. First one in was 3d, which helpfully gave me the long clues early on.… Continue reading >

Toughie 1995 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1995 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I always enjoy a Notabilis – everything is so tidy and accurate, with precise definitions nicely worked into the surfaces. The pangram helped to correct the answer I’d originally bunged in for 25a.… Continue reading >