Sloggers and Betters 13

Sloggers and Betters 13

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What? The 13th “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.  The George no longer take reservations, but start by looking in the Parliament bar (first door on the right) – fellow cruciverbalists are not hard to find.

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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 1608

Toughie 1608 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

A big hello to you all from London, where a merry (in more ways than one) group* of crossword setters and solvers has amassed.

By the paper version of today’s puzzle it says, “congratulations to today’s compiler on his 100th Toughie,” which means that it is probably a century for Shamus in Toughieland (if the Telegraph have their numbers wrong again, I’m sure BD or CS will tell us). … Read More

DT 28122

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28122

Hints and tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Good morning from a beautiful and bright sunny day here in Shropshire. Today’s puzzle will not create a 23a amongst our crossword horses, but it does raise a smile or two.… Read More

DT 28121

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28121

Hints and tips by Hanni and Miffypops

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

Hello from the moors on a grey morning. Miffypops is on holiday in Cornwall and attempting to break a world record for consuming seafood and cider.Read More

Rookie Corner – 111

A Puzzle by Metman

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MPP 048 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 048

May 2016

A Puzzle by Radler

Congratulations to Nigel F who successfully managed solve this tricky Radler puzzle, see the Nina that ran from the first letter of 9d diagonally down to the final letter of 32a – FRUIT AND NUTS – and realise that the solution to 1a was BANANAS.   This enabled him to enter the competition and, as he was the lucky person picked from the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD, Nigel can  now  claim a Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Book as his prize.… Read More

ST 2849 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!  While BD sleeps off the excesses of yesterday’s Derby booze up meeting of minds, I’ve popped in to look after the Sunday puzzle.  It’s another absolute belter from Brian G who produces such high quality puzzles every week.  … Read More

NTSPP – 328

NTSPP – 328

A Puzzle by Windsurfer

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DT 28120 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28120 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by crypticsue

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Big Dave and a number of our bloggers and commenters are in Derby today for an S&B gathering, which I might have attended, had my ‘entertainment budget’ not been committed to the S&B in London next Tuesday.    I’m a stand-in for the stand-in for Big Dave and so in the time I’ve available at the moment, I have  provided some hints but, as usual, if you need more help, do let me know and I’ll add some more in between the other tasks I’d allocated for today.  I was going to be rash and say that, looking at the clue mix, I’m sure you’ll all be fine, but that might be famous last words!

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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Toughie 1607

Toughie No 1607 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Kate R

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

 

Hello boys and girls!  Yes, Kate R is back and looking forward to seeing many of you in Derby and London.  Congratulations to the three people who cleverly guessed Kate R’s identity – for those of you still in the dark, a look at the Wikipedia entry for KateR should prove illuminating.… Read More

DT 28119

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28119

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Le Petit Trianon de St Ustré, at Ingrandes-sur-Vienne, where this year’s French tour has begun. It’s a grey and drizzly morning, so we feel quite at home.… Read More