Petitjean – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2288 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2288 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another lovely example of Petitjean’s humour today – how lucky we are that he left such a golden legacy.
For the most part I found this one reasonably straightforward but I didn’t know the silk or the fragrant resin (though both were gettable from the wordplay) and I also had to have a think about 6d – so I’ve added half a star to the difficulty rating.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2268 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2268 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Petitjean gives us a full serving of quirkiness today and a lot of laughs to boot. How we’ll miss him when his treasury of puzzles comes to an end!… Continue reading >

Toughie 2249 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2249 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s almost three years since the first posthumous Petitjean puzzle appeared and the legacy continues to live on. I didn’t think that this was quite as good as some of the previous ones but it was still an interesting though fairly straightforward solve.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2224 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2224 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It was our very own Gnomethang who originally commented “I always consider that I need to put a ‘slightly mad’ hat on in order to solve a Petitjean crossword“.Continue reading >

Toughie 2204 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2204 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another serving of great fun from the late Petitjean today. The extra half-star for difficulty that I’ve awarded it is due to my spending time going down a blind alley on 9/11a (well it seemed a good idea at the time!).… Continue reading >

Toughie 2184 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2184 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is another superb puzzle from the late Petitjean (I hope that when they finally run out the Telegraph will publish them all in a book). Today we have the very witty 10a/15a pair, the funny 15d and a host of other clever and amusing clues.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2160 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2160 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We are privileged to have another superb puzzle from the late Petitjean. Thanks once more to his family for allowing us to enjoy the large body of work that he left behind.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2145 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2145 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

If we need a ‘mad hat’ for most Petitjean Toughies then we certainly need an even wackier one for today’s puzzle. Clue after clue are testament to his unique sense of humour and the whole thing is most enjoyable.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2121 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2121 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We have another example of Petitjean’s art to enjoy. I thought that this one was on the gentle side but as enjoyable as ever. In case you missed the comment from the editor on Petitjean’s previous puzzle he has confirmed that there are enough of the great man’s Toughies left to last into next year.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2093 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2093 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Another thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from the canon of works left to us by the late Petitjean – how lucky we are. This one has rather a large number of anagrams which I know will please some solvers.… Continue reading >