Cruciverbalist Convention (Nov 2018)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Nov 2018)
in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship
3 November, 2018

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ST 2974 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2974 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is still November in October except for Thursday when we had a day of August in October and broke a 104 year old record for October 18th with a temperature 23.6 degrees! … Read More

NTSPP – 454

NTSPP – 454

A Puzzle by Silvanus

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DT 28875 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28875 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2111

Toughie No 2111 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I was worried this was going to be very difficult, but I had a full grid within 4* time. I did, however, have to phone a friend to parse two homophones, 26a and 19d, hence the 5* extension.… Read More

DT 28874

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28874

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, chilly morning.

I found this puzzle to be at the trickier end of the Giovanni spectrum, though as always, once the puzzle has been solved, it is hard to see why.… Read More

DT 28869

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28869

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 13th October 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I found this a pretty standard Saturday puzzle with nothing to grumble or shout about.

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Toughie 2110

Toughie No 2110 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

7 down was the key to this puzzle. I solved the anagram early on which made the related clues much easier than they might have been. There were no major hold-ups and I enjoyed the exercise.… Read More

DT 28873

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28873

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. I’m not in any doubt that this is a Ray T Thursday although some of his trademark clues are missing in this one – no ‘sweetheart’, no answers made up from the first letters of words in the clue and not much, if any, innuendo.… Read More

ST 2972

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2972

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 7th October 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Morning All! This was a pretty straightforward solve with the usual fine clueing.

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Toughie 2109

Toughie No 2109 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Today we have a pangram – it’s a solid puzzle without, for me anyway, a great deal of oomph. Thanks to Stick Insect.

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