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Toughie 1404

Toughie No 1404 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

In between revision for my OU exams, this came as a lovely welcome relief. One of my favourite setters and Notabilis hasn’t disappointed today (not that he ever does!).… Read More

Toughie 1396

Toughie No 1396 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

It’s the King of the Toughies today, the Toughie equivalent of Mark Labbett from The Chase quiz show. I found this a fairly stern challenge and it took me a fair old while to get my head around a couple of the answers, particularly in the bottom right.… Read More

ST 2793 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2793 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Good morning lovely people, greetings from a sun-stricken Calder Valley!

While Our Glorious Leader nurses his hungover head (not really) after yesterday’s crosswordy gathering in Cambridge, I’m here to help you a little with today’s wonderful puzzle by the amazing Brian Greer. … Read More

DT 27785 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27785 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning everyone!

Our glorious leader has gone to the city of perspiring dreams for a booze-up er.. gathering of erudite setters and solvers.  If you are in the area, it’s not too late to go and you can meet up with BD, Crypticsue and a whole gaggle of your blog chums, plus the odd setter (and most of them are!). … Read More

Toughie 1372

Toughie No 1372 by Notabilis

A Very Good Friday

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Nice to be back and have the pleasure of blogging a terrifically enjoyable puzzle from the ever-dependable Notabilis. A nicely challenging crossword with just about the right level of difficulty to make this a Friday puzzle.… Read More

DT 27713 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27713 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit & Digby

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Greetings from the North of Liverpool.  I’m up in Crosby on a retreat for a weekend while everyone else is gathering for cake in London.  If you are around, do pop over to the Bridge House, it’s a lovely venue and lots of your favourite people will be there, and maybe a few of your tormentors so you can shake them warmly by the throat. … Read More

Toughie 1314

Toughie No 1314 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

As our usual Tuesday chappie is gallivanting elsewhere, I’ve offered to help out today. I won’t go on about the grid, but suffice it to say, it is not one of my favourites.… Read More

Toughie 1213

Toughie No 1213 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

Greetings from Milton Keynes! I’ve survived a horrendous journey down including being stuck in a Portaloo for an hour at Leicester Forest East Service Area and having to be rescued by the Fire Brigade!… Read More

Toughie 1209

Toughie No 1209 by Firefly

A Grump writes…..

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the AAU at Calderdale Hospital. Trying to write today’s blog while having a top-up of antibiotics. However the good folk at Microsoft deemed that if you have the latest version of their product, Office 365, you have to be online to use it!… Read More

Toughie 1177

Toughie No 1177 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Notabilis is here today to tease and torment us with a lovely puzzle, well up to his usual standard, though overall I think slightly easier than usual.… Read More