Crosswords – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 15

Sunday Toughie No 15 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on the 8th of May 2022
Continue reading “Sunday Toughie 15”

ST 3159

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3159

A full review by Rahmat Ali

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on 8th May 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. Dada has given us a fairly easy and gentle puzzle this Sunday that I enjoyed solving and now it’s my pleasure to present to you a full review of the same for your kind perusal. I shall be happy to have your valuable comments.
Continue reading “ST 3159”

Toughie 2853

Toughie No 2853 by Dada
Hints and tips by StephenL

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

Good afternoon to everyone from a cloudy South Devon. Not my favourite Dada puzzle today, I have to say, a bit general knowledge heavy and a few too many double definitions for my liking but as ever with this setter lots to like too.

Continue reading “Toughie 2853”

DT 29989

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29989

Hints and tips by Mr K

+ - + - + - + - + - + - + - +

BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found today's puzzle a straightforward grid-fill that required a couple of dictionary queries to verify what had to be the definitions (does that count as an unaided solve?). I wonder if our setter will drop in later to say hello.  I've made an effort today to address the concerns of readers who commented on the recent paucity of cat pics. Continue reading "DT 29989"

DT 29988

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29988

Hints and tips by pommers

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have arrived at last.  After the wettest March on record and a pretty chilly April the sun has recently come out and temperatures are up in the high twenties every afternoon.  I’ve mothballed my long trousers and socks and got out the shorts and sandals.

I’m wondering if today’s puzzle is from a different setter from our usual maestro.  Somehow it felt a bit different and I can’t see a second pun in the Quickie, but someone will probably put me right on that.  Anyway it was enjoyable enough and with six anagrams it’s fairly easy to get a toehold.  I’ll be interested to see if anyone else feels the same as me about the setter.
Continue reading “DT 29988”

Sunday Toughie 16 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 16 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

I was expecting Zandio last week but here he is now. Not the hardest of this series so far but still tricky enough to merit the Toughie status.Continue reading

EV 1539 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1539(Hints)

Recovery by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Eclogue set crosswords for all the thematic crossword outlets. This is their thirteenth in the EV series.

Preamble: This puzzle is based on a notable theft and RECOVERY (or two). 16 answers are too short for their allotted number of cells, leaving some cells empty.Continue reading

ST 3160 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3160 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have had more of what we don’t need right now!

For me, one word – quirky.  I counted four anagrams (with two partials), no lurkers, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading