June 2024 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 127 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 127


by proXimal

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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The app and website credit this to proXimal’s “real” name but the print version restores his pseudonym so I will stick with that, Thanks to the ever-busy Super Sue for bringing this to my attention.

Full of proXimal trademarks (Start with the Reverend Spooner and reverse anagrams with hidden definitions)

14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half(ish) There are some tricky parsings but with help from Sue and AnswerBank I think I have got there eventually

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1649 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1649 (Hints)

Investigation by Ovid

Hints and tips by Phibs

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This week I thought I’d see whether ChatGPT could provide a bit more help than Gemini when it comes to identifying the theme of a puzzle.

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ST 3271 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3271 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are having a long weekend to celebrate the 157th birthday of Canada or, for those with a particular view on colonialism, the acknowledgement of the 157th anniversary of the enactment of the first British North America Act.

I trust that all of you on the 11a type of roll in yesterday’s SPP will complete your civic duty on Thursday – remember that if you don’t you can’t complain about the result!… Continue reading

DT 30652

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30652

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday.  Today’s finely-crafted puzzle has a grid that when filled contains every letter of the alphabet except X, one signature of our regular Friday setter proXimal.  Tight wordplay and lots of smiles also suggest that the puzzle is one of his. If so, thanks to him for brightening my Thursday evening.  Continue reading "DT 30652"

DT 30647 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30647

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 22nd June 2024

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

Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tricky but interesting Saturday puzzle from NYDK that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.… Continue reading

Toughie 3295

Toughie No 3295 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s Beam’s turn today and he’s given us a relatively straightforward puzzle. Thanks to him.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you liked about the puzzle.
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DT 30651

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30651
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

As I approach my first anniversary of writing these hints, a very belated thank you to Gazza for allocating me Thursdays, which is often the best crossword of the week.  … Continue reading