August 12, 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2695

Toughie No 2695 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for an enjoyable puzzle with all his usual trademarks except a ‘first letters’ clue. I completed the four mini-puzzles in the order NW, SE, SW and NE.… Continue reading

EV 1498

Enigmatic Variations 1498

The Australasian One by Eclogue

Setter’s Blog


Thematic answers are names of UK nuclear testing operations carried out in the 1950s in Australasia; letters falling out of the answers spell MARALINGA, test site for most of the operations.

G’day! As we saw with EV 1478 “EXCUSEZ-MOI”, every dog has its day, and on Sunday 1 August 2021, it was Eclogue’s day once more.Continue reading