Cruciverbalists’ Convention (Jan 2015)

Cruciverbalists’ Convention

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It’s time once again for a meeting in London, this time to celebrate the sixth birthday of the blog.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 31st January- any time between 12noon and 7.00pm.

All are welcome (that means you!) and, as usual, we have picked a pub that enables you to enjoy a host of real ales.  Click on either of the pictures for further details of the venue.

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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 27708

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27708

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Coventry RFU won their sixteenth game on the trot as they whupped Cinderford on Saturday. That is all I have to say about this fine puzzle. Hopefully they will make it seventeen on Saturday at Richmond after which I might just meander over to The Bridge House to say hello to those of you who make it to the Cruciverbalists’ Convention.… Read More

Rookie Corner 042

A Puzzle by Axolotl

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ST 2780 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2780 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

NTSPP – 259

NTSPP – 259

What’ll it be? by Soup

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DT 27707 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27707 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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 1332

Toughie No 1332 by Elgar

Come over to the Dark Side

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

Today is that one time in the month when we are treated to a proper Toughie. Charge up your lightsabers and enjoy your trip to the dark side for your tussle with Darth Vader.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

DT 27706

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27706

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

It took me little while to get going on today’s Giovanni, but I picked up speed after the first few clues fell into place, finishing just into *** time.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined.… Read More

DT 27701

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27701

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 17th January 2015

An improvement to recent Saturday prize puzzles –  an enjoyable solve with a couple of clues needing extra thought  – I actually circled three clues I ‘liked’ which is a rare event for a back page puzzle.   Typing the review, I do seem to have typed ‘anagram’ and ‘double definition’ quite a bit but I’m going to stick with the enjoyment rating I selected post-solve/pre-drafting.

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Toughie 1331

Toughie No 1331 by Sparks

That’s more like a Toughie

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

A very good puzzle that gave the brain plenty of exercise. The last ones in were 9 across and 6 down which added a few minutes to my time

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

ST 2778

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2778

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 11th January 2015

I had a couple of sticky-outy clues which pushed this into *** territory but there were a couple of crackers here! Read More »