Tuesday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 3301

Toughie No 3301 by Dada
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****/*****

By Timothy, Dada has some bite today. I wasn’t helped by the customary Telegraph tech muppetry that meant I had to type in all the clues rather than cut and paste, which put me in a foul mood.… Continue reading

Toughie 3297

Toughie No 3297 by Prime
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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

I have absolutely no idea who Prime is, but welcome to the party! It took me a second to adjust to the style but this was pretty much a hop, skip and a jump after that.

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Toughie 3293

Toughie No 3293 by Zenas
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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

A warm welcome back to Zenas, who’s been surprisingly benevolent today, despite (very sparingly) borrowing Chalicea’s magic dictionary. One too many supports, perhaps, and certainly one for the list but … plenty to savour.

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Toughie 3289

Toughie No 3289 by Donnybrook
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BD Rating – Difficulty **+ Enjoyment ***/****

I had/have absolutely no idea how to score this for difficulty. It all flew in – the right side in particular – thanks to very fair definitions. But there was quite a bit of reverse-parsing.

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Toughie 3285

Toughie No 3285 by Chalicea
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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***/****

A warm welcome back to Chalicea who’s been remarkably sparing with her magic dictionary today. She has, in fact, been typically kind. Good, honest entertainment and – as ever – plenty of smiles.

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Toughie 3281

Toughie No 3281 by Gila
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment ***/****

A welcome and breezy return from Gila. Much needed after an unsettling trip to a heralded (really?) new restaurant in Borough Market. What on earth sausage, pineapple, honey and chilli are doing on the same “Greek” flatbread, I have no idea.

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Toughie 3277

Toughie No 3277 by Dada
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***/****

This was jolly: a fun, albeit slightly odd, mix of gimmes and chew. And some novelty (21a!) too. As ever, I had no idea how to rate this for difficulty.

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Toughie 3275

Toughie No 3275 by Django
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Huge thanks to Gazza for leaping into my Tuesday breach. I was sorry to miss out (for ghastly reasons that I won’t bore you with) on a re-match with Zenas/Prolixic but what a treat (as ever) today from Django.

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Toughie 3269

Toughie No 3269 by Musaeus
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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***/****

It seems, as ever, preposterous for me to be critiquing a pro – today of all days! But here we go. This really grew on me. Very gentle in the main and ever-so gentle up top.
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Toughie 3265

Toughie No 3265 by Donnybrook
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment ****

This was mostly gentle, which made the few pokes in the ribs all the more painful and surprising. Tackled, as I now realise all crosswords should be – on a deserted Turkish beach – this was a romp.

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