Sloggers & Betters (York 2014)

Sloggers & Betters – York

Weekend of 24-25-26 October, 2014

A message from John Henderson (aka Elgar, Nimrod, Enigmatist etc)

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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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Rookie Corner 028

A Puzzle by Axolotl

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ST 2766 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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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NTSPP – 245

NTSPP – 245

Non-alcoholic by Soup

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DT 27624 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27624 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by gnomethang

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Today is your last chance to enter the October Monthly Prize Puzzle.

Your blogging team will be strongly represented at the London convention today, so you will be in the hands of a much smaller team.  Many thanks to gnomethang who has volunteered to set the ball rolling before he too heads off for Wapping.  BD

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 1277

Toughie No 1277 by Notabilis

How do you make a 1 across?
Don’t answer that!

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

Notabilis never fails to both challenge and entertain, and this excellent puzzle is no exception.

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DT 27623

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27623

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the morning has started bright, and we seem to have missed the worst of the overnight rain.

I found today’s Giovanni easier than the last couple, only just into ** time for me, but enjoyable all the same.

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DT 27618

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27618

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 11th October 2014

Morning All!. There were some lovely clues here but I found the amount of straight insertion clues to make the rest a bit of a write-in. Hence one star for the solving time.

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Toughie 1276

Toughie No 1276 by Petitjean

Of Mice and Men

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Gather ye all the old chestnuts and save them up for Christmas!

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ST 2764

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2764

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 5th October 2014

A lovely sunny Sunday, and to make the day even better, a superb Sunday puzzle from Virgilius.   So much to enjoy in this one, quintuple definitions, words hidden three times, topical references, I could go on and on… perhaps I’d better just keep Kath happy and say my top favourite was 6d.

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DT 27622

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27622

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where we are back to more seasonable weather following the gift of a July-like day earlier in the week.
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