Thursday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2963

Toughie No 2963 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Firefly for brightening up a horribly dark squally day in North Devon. He has given us an enjoyable puzzle with an ursine theme.

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Toughie 2959

Toughie No 2959 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have an enjoyable puzzle from Beam with his usual economy of words (no clue contains more than six words which is a remarkable feat). Thanks to him.Continue reading

DT 30147

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30147

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. I thought this puzzle got off to a great start with 1a and then maintained that standard all the way to the Quickie pun. Not a lot to hyperlink this week, indicating that our setter is not requiring a lot of general knowledge.  Continue reading "DT 30147"

Toughie 2955

Toughie No 2955 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I started this at the speed of an arthritic snail but very gradually speeded up and ended in a rush. Thanks to proXimal for the enjoyable challenge.

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DT 30141

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30141

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. I believe that a RayT cryptic is the only puzzle where the Telegraph Puzzles editor allows a so-called lift and separate clue, specifically the use of SWEETHEART to mean SWEET HEART = the letter at the centre or heart of SWEET. Many of us recognize that signature device and on Thursdays automatically read sweetheart in wordplay as E. But that approach doesn’t work today, because this fine puzzle contains three quite different sweethearts. It also has two wonderful all-in-one clues.  All that plus smooth surfaces and concise tight wordplay made for a very enjoyable solve.  Continue reading "DT 30141"

Toughie 2951

Toughie No 2951 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle which involves a lot of inserting and deleting of individual letters. The four three-letter answers make a pattern.

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DT 30135

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30135

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. I found this a puzzle of two halves. On the first pass through the grid, I got nothing in the top half but filled most of the bottom half. That was followed by bouncing around the grid gradually getting every clue answered and parsed, finishing with the devious 4d. There’s a lot of clever wordplay and smooth surfaces in this one, making for a most enjoyable solve. I hope its compiler will take a bow later today. Continue reading "DT 30135"

Toughie 2947

Toughie No 2947 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus provides today’s Toughie with his usual impeccably polished clues. Thanks to him.

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DT 30129

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30129

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday.  Lots of smiles in the solve today. The difficulty felt a little below the Thursday average, but that might just be me being on wavelength for a change.  Continue reading "DT 30129"