Tuesday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 3257

Toughie No 3257 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

A hearty welcome back for Chalicea. She’s always hugely enjoyable and, better yet, I don’t (usually) have to look for – and invariably miss – a pangram or, worse still, a pesky Nina.

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Toughie 3253

Toughie No 3253 by Zenas
Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

I’m sure many of us have been wondering who Zenas is. I was certainly baffled. Thanks (as ever) to the omniscient Gazza, I’m able to say it’s someone you all know.

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Toughie 3249

Toughie No 3249 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by ALP

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

I love MasterChef – happily back for its umpteenth season – almost as much as crosswords. But I have made a howling hash of both, from failing to clock The Iliad (the shame of it) last week to wilfully blowing the chance to appear on my favourite programme.

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Toughie 3245

Toughie No 3245 by Kcit
Hints and tips by ALP

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

As a hack, I’ve loved interviewing authors. They’re (generally) intelligent, they spend way too much time on their own so they’re often girlishly chatty and, most importantly, they always say yes to a sit-down because they’ve invariably got a book to promote.

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DT 30577

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30577
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

A gloriously bright & sunny start to the day here in Monnington on Wye.  I arose well before any of the others (there are 18 of us occupying a splendidly large rural property) to a cacophony of birdsong.… Continue reading

Toughie 3241

Toughie No 3241 by Dada
Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

I’ve just been tutted in the street. Tutted! For cheerily whistling to myself. Was it you, Jane?! Now, I’m far from perfect (you’ll all be astonished to hear this, I know).… Continue reading

DT 30571

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30571
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

Nice & sunny here in Harpenden at present but wet stuff on the way unfortunately & not sure if I’ll manage to get out for a walk before it arrives.… Continue reading

Toughie 3237

Toughie No 3237 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by ALP

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

I’m still chuckling about a back-handed aside from the wife. “You’re a very strange man,” she told me in Budapest after I’d hunted down an FT (Robyn was playing away as Buccaneer) whilst she tried – and thankfully failed – to get tickets for a four-hour (ugh) opera, adding: “You prefer crosswords to porn and Woman’s Hour says that’s extremely unusual”.… Continue reading

DT 30565

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30565
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

My weather app confidently indicates the rain will miss us here in Harpenden today so a good walk looks possible before an afternoon visit to the dentist.… Continue reading

Toughie 3233

Toughie No 3233 by Gila
Hints and tips by ALP

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I’m not overly au fait with Gila and, stymied by Hungary’s hour difference, I was fearing unfamiliarity might prompt a late night/early morning. And I’m not a huge fan of poisonous lizards.… Continue reading