Shamus – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2037

Toughie No 2037 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Shamus for an enjoyable workout. I thought it was fairly gentle on the whole but, as is usually the case for me, I had most trouble sorting out the two long anagrams.… Continue reading

Toughie 2017

Toughie No 2017 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The answers to this one all went in fairly painlessly (though I had to check that what I’d worked out for 15d was a real word) until I reached 28a which held me up for ages and which pushed the difficulty rating up from 1.5… Continue reading

Toughie 1980

Toughie No 1980 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.  Shamus provides today’s harder puzzle which I found not too much harder than the back page save for a spot of bother at the end with 15a and 16d. … Continue reading

Toughie 1952

Toughie No 1952 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello to you all on this fine Cluesday, the start of the Toughie week.  I have no idea if Shamus is getting a little less spiky or if it’s just that I’m getting used to his style. … Continue reading

Toughie 1914

Toughie No 1914 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I had difficulty getting on the right wavelength today and took longer than I perhaps should have done. I then had problems parsing the last couple of answers.… Continue reading

Toughie 1896

Toughie No 1896 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi there.  I’m becoming more attuned to Shamus’s style than I used to be, so didn’t have too many problems with this.  I progressed steadily along the road to Solution, more or less top to bottom, and really enjoyed the scenery. … Continue reading

Toughie 1878

Toughie No 1878 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Warrington. I’m rather relieved this is on the easier side of things as I’ve had to do this from the clue list without a grid. Nothing terribly taxing and some nice clues to make you smile.… Continue reading

Toughie 1862

Toughie No 1862 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another Thursday and another puzzle that was fairly straightforward. My only blip was filling in the wrong answer at 21 down.

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

Toughie 1846

Toughie No 1846 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everybody.  As I was remiss and didn’t include pictures on Tuesday I am required to make up the time on today’s puzzle.  Or perhaps, BD had already offered it to me in Macclesfield. … Continue reading

Toughie 1829

Toughie No 1829 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We’re having a spell of glorious weather in Devon at the moment and Shamus has contributed to the feeling of well-being with a very pleasant and not overly tough puzzle.… Continue reading