Author Archives: Gazza

Toughie 1545

Toughie No 1545 by Shamus

The Italian Job

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I normally enjoy a Shamus Toughie but I was slightly disappointed by this one. The two long down answers pretty much wrote themselves in and there wasn’t too much to get excited about in the rest of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 28026

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28026

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It was lovely to see so many familiar and new faces at Little Venice on Saturday on what was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

We have another fairly straightforward Tuesday puzzle which is quite pleasant.… Read More

Toughie 1541

Toughie No 1541 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant puzzle of about the right level of difficulty for a midweek Toughie. Anagram lovers will be disappointed that Kcit appears to be following Beam’s lead in cutting down on them.… Read More

DT 28020

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28020

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a pretty straightforward puzzle from one of the Tuesday Mysterons. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.

If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.… Read More

Toughie 1537

Toughie No 1537 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This was on the easier side for a Giovanni Toughie with only one word (1a) that I didn’t know. In fact, with the possible exception of that clue, I thought that the puzzle could well have appeared in his usual Friday back-page slot.… Read More

DT 28014

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28014

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This was definitely a ‘read and write’ for me but it was enjoyable while it lasted. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.… Read More

Toughie 1533

Toughie No 1533 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Sparks for a very good and most enjoyable Toughie. He usually incorporates a Nina in the grid and today is no exception – if you’ve not found it there’s more information at the bottom of the review.… Read More

DT 28008

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28008

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This seemed to me a typical example of the puzzles we regularly get on Tuesdays. There’s nothing really wrong with it but it could benefit from a bit of sparkle.… Read More

Toughie 1529

Toughie No 1529 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I made heavy weather of this one with most of the answers needing to be teased out, but I enjoyed the tussle so thanks to proXimal for a proper Toughie.… Read More

DT 28002

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28002

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

I didn’t get a great deal of enjoyment from this one. Most of the clues were very straightforward with a number of old chestnuts. On the other hand, if you’re just starting out on cryptic crosswords then this is probably just the sort of puzzle you need, except that if you’re under forty you’ve probably never heard of the actress in 1d or the pianist in 4d.… Read More