Sloggers and Betters 11

Sloggers and Betters 11

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What? The 11th “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.

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Welcome

Welcome to Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 1171

Toughie No 1171 by Micawber

The Master Builder

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Micawber for compiling yet another masterly Toughie – not too demanding for the solver but full of humour and enjoyment.
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DT 27465

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27465

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

As expected, Jay delivers another enjoyable, accessible puzzle. A little over 1.5* difficulty for me, and 3* for enjoyment. Thanks Jay.

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Toughie 1170

Toughie No 1170 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment **

A straightforward Toughie to start the week, although I think our setter was in fighting mood when she worked on some of the clues!

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DT 27464

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27464

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’d be surprised if any of our experienced solvers had any great difficulties today; I thought that this would be a good puzzle for someone learning about cryptic crosswords. Do tell us how you got on.
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Rookie Corner – 001

A Puzzle by Axolotl

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DT 27463

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27463

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

At four am with a thick head this fine puzzle came to a complete halt halfway through hence the three star difficulty. Reviewing it at nine am, I can see no difficulty at all. Note to self – drink less on Sunday.

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ST 2739 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now – can you solve the mystery?

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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DT 27462 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27462 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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There’s still time to enter the April Prize Puzzle  – can you solve the mystery?

As Big Dave appears to have been held up in posting the usual hints, here is something to keep you going.  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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NTSPP – 218

NTSPP – 218

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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