Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship

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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 1267

Toughie No 1267 by Osmosis

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This the kind of Toughie I like – no very obscure words with the ‘toughness’ being in the wordplay and the clever camouflaging of many of the definitions. Thanks to Osmosis.
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DT 27609

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27609

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The calendar tells us that spring has arrived, we put our clocks forward last weekend and there are proud mother ducks with flotillas of ducklings on the ponds we walk past, but the hills to the west of us have become mountains again with a fresh coating of snow. We have been doing our homework and practicing adding pictures. Hope they work!

Another nice offering from Jay.

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Toughie 1266

Toughie No 1266 by Messinae

Where’s Wallace?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typical Tuesday not-very Toughie with a few smiles along the way.

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DT 27608

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27608

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

No real problems but quite entertaining – that’s my verdict. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27607

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27607

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I have left last week’s grumpy chair and am pleased to say that I have enjoyed this puzzle which mostly fell in quite easily with a small hiccup in the south west corner. Do you remember Mental Arithmetic (now known as mental maths)? Well today is National Mental Anagram Solver Day. There are seven to mentally solve today. Have a go and let me know how you got on.

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Rookie Corner 025

A Puzzle by Sprocker

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ST 2763 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2763 (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 – 242

NTSPP – 242

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27606 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27606 (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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Big Dave is having a well-earned Saturday morning off so you’re stuck with me today. 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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