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 to 2 stars.… 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.  One of the two.  Anyway, since I can’t say no to a bit of bloggage, here I am.… 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