Tuesday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2881

Daily Telegraph Toughie No 2881
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This weeks Toughie Setters
Tuesday Gila. Wednesday Giovanni. Thursday Firefly. Friday ProXimal

Good Afternoon. As this fine puzzle by Gila appeared in my digital subscription newspaper yesterday, I solved it yesterday and wrote this blog. This gives me nothing to do today and all day to do it. Continue reading “Toughie 2881”

DT 30031

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30031

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone. Today we have a well-crafted puzzle which demonstrates that a puzzle doesn’t need to be super hard to deliver a satisfying solve. By the end it felt like there were a lot of anagrams, but there are only six. I’ve heard recently that some readers have been unable to see blog images, but they do see blog videos. If that’s been the case for you, are the pics on this blog visible? Also, and somewhat related, it is safe to ignore browser warnings about the site being insecure. It’s not. Continue reading "DT 30031"

DT 30025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30025

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I reckon that today’s fine puzzle could be the work of X-Type. It will appeal to fans of cryptic definitions and/or double definitions, and, perhaps, readers interested in learning new words. I expect that most of us fall into one or more of those categories. Continue reading "DT 30025"

Toughie 2873

Toughie No 2873 by Dada
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I had no idea who set this puzzle when I solved it. I suspected Dada but not enough to place a wager. 16 of the clues have unchecked first letters which together with some rather stretched synonyms made for a tougher solve than usual for a Tuesday

 

ACROSS

8a.… Continue reading

DT 30019

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30019

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Our setter this week appears to have politics and hospital grumbles on their mind. I do hope that’s not the result of any unhappy real event. It’s all presented with smooth surfaces, disguised definitions, and quite a few smiles along the way that made for an enjoyable solve. Continue reading "DT 30019"

Toughie 2869

TOUGHIE 2869 by Robyn
HINTS AND TIPS BY STEPHEN L.
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone from a gloriously sunny South Devon coast.

Today it’s Robyn’s turn to put us through our Toughie paces. Another gem from one of my favourite setters.… Continue reading

DT 30013

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30013

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I enjoyed today’s puzzle more than most. Thought it had some excellent clues where the answer emerged from just following the wordplay instructions.  Great fun all round.  Continue reading "DT 30013"

DT 30001

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30001

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome. Subscribers to the Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter may have seen today’s 1a highlighted in the Clue of the week announcement “This week's best recent clue, based on feedback from solvers, is from Jim Coulson's Telegraph Crossword of Tuesday, May 24”.  Not quite sure what’s going on there with the flow of time, but it is a good clue and there are several indications that today’s setter is indeed Mr Coulson, aka X-Type.  So thanks go to him for today’s solving pleasure. Continue reading "DT 30001"