Big Dave's Crossword Blog – Putting the words to lights – crossword clues explained in plain English

  Welcome ~ Posted on

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 2300 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2300 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is pretty gentle but very enjoyable with little bits of humour throughout. Lots of clues have ‘sporting’ surfaces (especially football) but sporting knowledge is not really necessary in order to solve the puzzle.… Continue reading >

DT 29159 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29159

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our weather lately has been pretty awful with a lot of wind and generally cold, wet and blustery. Today it all changed and we have a beautiful fine calm day. Almost tempted to bring more summery clothes out of the wardrobe.

Jay in his usual reliable form. It took us exactly the same time as last week so have left the difficulty rating unchanged.

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Toughie 2299 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2299 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another great puzzle from Donnybrook. The answer to 11a reminded me of an anecdote, recounted below, from a job in Glasgow some 25 years ago – we stayed in a hotel in East Kilbride (Glasgow’s equivalent of Milton Keynes) as our usual hotel (The Pond, now the Leonardo Inn, at Anniesland) was fully booked. Continue reading “Toughie 2299”

DT 29158 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29158

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  This week I have no idea about the identity of our setter, so if they're reading I do hope they'll comment below.  I got a worryingly long way through the acrosses before the answers started to flow.  Fortunately, the bottom half of the grid and most of the downs were more friendly, and the setter also included a few Usual Suspects to provide footholds.  I enjoyed the solve and thought this puzzle was just right for a Tuesday.  I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.  Continue reading "DT 29158"

DT 29157 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29157

Hints and tips by Blogden Nash

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the sunny Yorkshire Dales where Saint Sharon and I have enjoyed the weekend (apart from the spider). I enjoyed today’s puzzle which contains just enough to stretch the grey matter over the last couple in. Home today after a drive over the Buttertubs. Continue reading “DT 29157”

ST 3021 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3021 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had a cool (temperatures in the  low teens) and wet week with a forecast of a mini-heatwave starting today with expected temperatures in the upper twenties – go figure!… Continue reading >

DT 29156 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29156 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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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 2298 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2298 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another tightly-clued puzzle by Osmosis with lovely surface readings. I kicked myself realising I could have made my life quite a bit simpler in SE by using the pangram

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading >