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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DT 27468

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27468

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on  Saturday, 19th April 2014

Morning All!. This felt like a Cephas puzzle to me. I found it fairly straightforward but very enjoyable.

 

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Toughie 1176

Toughie No 1176 by Shamus

No grumpiness today!

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

I didn’t need to be grumpy today because I enjoyed this puzzle even though it wasn’t all that difficult and I did have trouble with some of the wordplay (especially for 21 down). At least my grumpiness last week seemed to lead to an increase in the number of comments. This was most welcome following the previous Thursday’s record low of 6 comments

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ST 2739

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on  Sunday, 13th April 2014

Morning All! A delightful puzzle in my book. Most of the ‘in’ that you see links the definition to the wordplay (or vice-versa). Most of the wordplay is astounding too!

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DT 27472

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27472

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where spring is desperately striving to make an appearance but winter is not exiting the stage gracefully. Everything seems to be a good month behind schedule.

Today’s puzzle is definitely not by Ray T. Might it be the work of Petitjean? I will leave it to those more knowledgeable than I to make that determination.

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Toughie 1175

Toughie No 1175 by Elkamere

A Cassoulet of Cooks?

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

The presence of 9a in this enjoyable puzzle makes me think that there must be some sort of theme, but the only possibility that I can see is the number of cooks mentioned in the clues, including the brilliant Peter. I’m sure that I’ll be put right if I’ve missed anything else.
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DT 27471

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27471

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

For me this was one of Jay’s easier puzzles. Feel free to disagree.

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Toughie 1174

Toughie No 1174 by Dada

So good he said it twice!

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

A fun puzzle from one of my favourite setters. 18 down added one of the enjoyment stars.

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DT 27470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27470

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This is enjoyable but not too much of a stretch. I’m not keen on 17d and one of the homophones seems very dodgy to me. Do let us know what you thought of the puzzle and how you fared.
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DT 27469

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27469

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I raced through this but came to a crashing halt with three to go and needed Big Dave’s help. Piggies and grandchild for those who are interested.

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Rookie Corner – 002

A Puzzle by loonapick

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