Big Dave's Crossword Blog – Putting the words to lights – crossword clues explained in plain English

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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2739

Toughie No 2739 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

You’ll like this puzzle if you enjoy anagrams because my anagram counter reached double figures. Whatever happened to the Telegraph rule of no more than six anagrams per puzzle?… Continue reading

DT 29818

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29818

Hints and tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning from South Devon.

I know a lot of you look forward (as I do) to your fortnightly battle with the “Thursday maestro” and although the difficulty can vary the quality of the puzzles is inevitably high Continue reading “DT 29818”

DT 29817

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29817

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A bit of extra challenge to put this together. Colin, who usually does all the technical stuff, has had another eye injection a few hours ago and so has very limited blurry vision for a while. However we will cope and beg forgiveness for any glitches.

All the usual Wednesday puzzle fun, with some tricky clues in the bottom half which took us into 3 star time.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

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Toughie 2737

Toughie No 2737 by Robyn

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Golly bongs, this  little beauty from Robyn took some sorting. Thanks for the tussle Robyn and please come back soon Continue reading “Toughie 2737”

DT 29816

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29816

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I thought today's puzzle was just excellent. Lots of humour, tight cryptic grammar, smooth surfaces, a topical reference, fairly straightforward general knowledge requirements, and a nod to the compiler's boss. Does that feel familiar? I'd like to see more puzzles like this on a Tuesday, if the puzzles editor can arrange that.  Continue reading "DT 29816"

DT 29815

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29815

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where overnight temperatures are now edging below the freezing point. We had a lovely weekend but rain is forecast for the entire coming week.

I tore through the top half of today’s puzzle from Campbell but found the bottom half put up more resistance.… Continue reading