August 17, 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2697

Toughie No 2697 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Miffypops 

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

G,Danga. Today’s Toughie falls into proper Toughie territory by dint of several nefarious clues that needed a bit of squeezing to wring out a suitable answer. Continue reading “Toughie 2697”

DT 29756

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29756

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment *****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. It is a long time since I had this much fun solving a Tuesday puzzle. The setter had me hooked with the definition in 1a, and it just got better from there.  A few of the clues were so good that I had to wonder if anything similar had appeared before. So I consulted my database of over half a million cryptic clues and, while the answers have of course been seen previously, the wordplay for those clues is both original and much better than anything that I could find. If I wore a hat, it would be off to our compiler. Brilliant work!  I hope we see more like this in the Tuesday slot. Continue reading "DT 29756"