Osmosis – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2572

Toughie No 2572 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A very nice puzzle, I thought, with a good variety of clues and, of course, precise as always

A pangram but for the K. Hm. I bet Osmosis is chuckling.… Continue reading

Toughie 2549

Toughie No 2549 by Osmosis

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A fun puzzle by Osmosis today with well-crafted surfaces. My last ones in were the two double clues – it took me a while to get my head in the right space.… Continue reading

Toughie 2533

Toughie No 2533 by Osmosis

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

A very enjoyable crossword I thought – the top half went in quickly but there was plenty to keep me puzzled thereafter. Another near pangram, missing the J.… Continue reading

Toughie 2517

Toughie No 2517 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another near pangram from Osmosis; we seem to be missing the F. Meticulous clueing as always with some original indicators that add to the fun. I wasn’t familiar with the actor, so that was my last one in.… Continue reading

Toughie 2501

Toughie No 2501 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another precise and quite tricky puzzle today from Osmosis, though there were a few easy clues to get started. I had finished the entire right-hand side before I had a single entry on the left, which may reflect the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2477

Toughie No 2477 by Osmosis

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

Lots of great misleads today, especially in the definitions – a joy to solve. Not quite a pangram, as we are missing the J.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2449

Toughie No 2449 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a near-pangram from Osmosis today (V is missing). Near-pangrams are the new black. I started in NE and progressed rapidly but SW slowed me down, and it took me a long time to remember the lady in 3d, or even to realise we were looking for her.… Continue reading

Toughie 2433

Toughie No 2433 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A solid puzzle by Osmosis although I was put off slightly by not quite understanding 17a. It was my last one in and I assumed (correctly) that I needed an X, but that was just fortuitous as I don’t actually see a pangram today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2425

Toughie No 2425 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Our Pangram Maestro gives us a double pangram today, again with a grid that avoids use of strange vocabulary, very clever. If you want to understand how much of a feat this is, just have a go at filling a blank grid with a double pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2409

Toughie No 2409 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Did you notice? I didn’t see it coming, which I think makes it all the more clever of Osmosis. A superb grid fill, with two symmetrically-placed names, using reasonably normal words and avoiding words like SYZYGY.… Continue reading