August 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2914

Toughie No 2914 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Just what the crossword solver ordered – a splendid crossword from Hudson which was a joy to solve from start to finish. Continue reading “Toughie 2914”

DT 30080

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30080

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from a rather cloudy Los Alcàzares where I’m standing in for the Kiwis.  Earlier this week Colin experienced some chest pains so went to the local medical centre where a minor heart attack was diagnosed. He has been transferred to a hospital in Wellington for further tests.  I’m sure you will all join me in wishing them well and sending hopes for a speedy recovery.

As to the crossword it’s a bit of a homecoming for me.  Those of you who have been around the blog for long enough may remember that I started my blogging career doing the Wednesday puzzle and I did it for quite a few years before the Kiwis arrived and I moved to the Thursday slot.  I’m pretty sure this puzzle’s by Jay and it shows why I used the refer to him as “The Wednesday Wizard”. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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Sunday Toughie 31 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 31 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I understand that my silence on recent matters has caused some speculation, but nothing more should be read into it than the fact that I have a full-time job and an elderly mother with Alzheimer’s and cataracts to look after most of the time.

At the time of writing the puzzles website hasn’t updated the list of Sunday Toughie Setters but, I am expecting a Robyn today.  I hope the dead tree arrives early enough on a Bank Holiday Sunday when my paperboy is spending all his earnings on a ticket to the Leeds Festival, that I can faintly hear 4 miles away. Update – the dead tree has arrived and I can confirm we have a Robyn.

Here we go with the hints for an uneven 16a 13d clues just over half are hinted.


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EV 1554 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1554 (Hints)

Absolutely Nothing by Kruger

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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There is no need to introduce Kruger who has been setting EV crosswords for over 25 years. We always find his crosswords challenging and this one was no exception.

Preamble:  Wordplay in each of fifteen clues yields an extra letter that is not entered in the grid.Continue reading