We are 8 (Jan 2017)

Birthday Bash

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The blog will have been going for 8 years on 28th January and to celebrate we will be having our usual Birthday Bash, at the same venue as last year.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 28th January – any time between 12 noon and 7.00 pm. Read More »

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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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NTSPP – 363

NTSPP – 363

Apprentice USA by Vigo

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DT 28330 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28330 (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 1747

Toughie No 1747 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Two weeks ago when Dutch emailed me to ask if I’d like to stand in for him this Friday while he was off on his travels, we discussed who we thought the setter might be today.  … Read More

DT 28329

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28329

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.

I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but it felt harder than that as I was doing it.… Read More

DT 28324

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28324

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 14th January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Oh dear – normally I write the introduction at the same time as I draft the review on a Saturday afternoon, but for some reason I didn’t do so, and now it is Thursday evening and I can’t remember what I thought about the crossword. I haven’t marked any favourites on the solved crossword and the ratings would seem to indicate that I found it fairly average for a Saturday Prize Puzzle.

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Toughie 1746

Toughie No 1746 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is the third posthumous Petitjean puzzle and this time it is Petitjean as we remember him best with his slightly mad hat on. I had little difficulty in filling the grid but some of the wordplay took a lot of unravelling.… Read More

DT 28328

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28328

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone from a very cold, frosty and foggy Oxford. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it isn’t Ray T. I thought it was good fun and not too tricky but I’m sure some of you will disagree with me and that’s fine.… Read More

ST 2881

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2881

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 8th January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All!. Another enjoyable Sunday Solve with an awful lot of anagrams (I felt whilst reviewing).

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Toughie 1745

Toughie No 1745 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s great to get another Elkamere puzzle on a Wednesday and, as usual, this one entertains splendidly with a fair few d’oh moments for the well-disguised definitions.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Read More

DT 28327

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28327

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is Agapanthus flowering time. A reminder to us that a whole year has passed since we had a much enjoyed visit from Kath and Chris.… Read More