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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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EV 1483 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1483 (Hints)

Mixed Feelings by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick Insect needs no introduction as a setter in the Magpie, Listener, Toughie and EV series. Continue reading “EV 1483 (Hints)”

ST 3104 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3104 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we had our 25cms of snow starting last Sunday evening and ending on Wednesday morning.  Apparently, that amount of snow is equivalent to 2.5cms of rain so the farmers will be less unhappy for a while. … Continue reading

DT 29652 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29652 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning from Warrington and today we have a special crossword, reflecting the day, and by our esteemed Editor. Two main clues, first and last across are appropriate for the day. Continue reading “DT 29652 (Hints)”

Toughie 2628

Toughie No 2628 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Osmosis may be teasing us again. We would have a double pangram, except that we have only one V. An enjoyable puzzle today – I always appreciate the accuracy and attention to detail, e.g.,… Continue reading

DT 29651

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29651

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny Friday. Mrs DT and I are now fully vaccinated, and next week we can get our hair cut! Small steps back towards normality, though Boris and the Chuckle Brothers seem determined to keep us miserable for as long as possible.… Continue reading

DT 29646

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29646

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 10th April 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. First of all, I would like to state that C.G. Rishikesh Sir of Chennai, one of the bloggers of Big Dave’s Crossword Blog, passed away just two days ago (on the 14th). The last time I met him was at the Grand Finale of the Indian Crossword League (IXL) at Bengaluru in December 2018. Incidentally, that was the first time we sat together for lunch. He asked me about my family members and I answered him. He was a very soft-spoken person. But again, incidentally, it had been only a matter of months when I happened to click on ‘Meet the Bloggers’ here for the first time to discover his name (Rishi), although I had been participating in the Monthly Prize Puzzle Contests since 2014. Had I known then, I would have asked him at the Finale to share his experience with Big Dave’s Blog. Now that he is no more, I pray to the Almighty for his peaceful, eternal rest. Continue reading “DT 29646”

DT 29650

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29650

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. I might be having a goofy day but I found this Ray T crossword a bit more difficult than his last few have been. We’ll see what everyone else thinks.… Continue reading