2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2107

Toughie No 2107 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

It was a joy to solve this clever pangram from Osmosis. The clues are exquisitely crafted – lovely misleads throughout and beautifully disguised definitions. I did struggle with the two long down clues as I wasn’t familiar with the names – a question of guessing the answer from the parsing and checking.… 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