April 7, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 3040

Toughie No 3040 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Much of this went in steadily, but I got struggled towards the end

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9a    Fly solo over diminishing country steeped in history (2,2,5)

GO IT ALONE: The abbreviation for over plus a 5-letter European country without the last letter (diminishing) are inserted (steeped in) a word that can mean history (as in, ‘it’s history’)

10a    Reviving air mail area code for the Emerald City?… Continue reading

DT 30268

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30268

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. For some reason I was not in a puzzling mood today, and that made solving this challenging crossword and sorting out its parsing intricacies hard work.    Continue reading "DT 30268"

DT 30263 (Full Review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30263

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 1st April 2023

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

A slightly different ‘feel’ to this week’s Saturday Prize Puzzle, but it turned out once again to be the work of Cephas Continue reading “DT 30263 (Full Review)”