Sloggers & Betters (York 2014)

Sloggers & Betters – York

Weekend of 24-25-26 October, 2014

A message from John Henderson (aka Elgar, Nimrod, Enigmatist etc)

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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 1279

Toughie No 1279 by Firefly

Chips or chips?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this one a bit of a slog with not a lot to lighten the mood and some of the clues are not very smooth. Also, I’m not at all sure that I’ve fully understood 24a so any better interpretation for that would be welcome.
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DT 27627

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27627

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

We thought this puzzle from Jay was a lot of fun so have upped the enjoyment rating. It took us about average time to solve and parse so *** for difficulty.

Last week we mentioned asparagus in our intro. There were lots of comments but nobody mentioned green pees (not a typo!). Congratulations on being so restrained.
Today, in the Dominion-Post from Wellington, the first puzzle we blogged, 27603, has appeared. We wonder if this will prompt Kiwi lurkers to make a comment.

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MPP – 029 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 29 (October 2014) by Radler

A review by Prolixic

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Congratulations to Lynn Chua who successfully navigated her way through Radler’s Monthly Prize Crossword. I fancy that the number of entries were on the low side this month as this was a decidedly difficult crossword. Solvers had to find seven across clues where a letter was removed from the definition given by the wordplay leaving a valid word to enter into the grid. I have highlighted the relevant clues in bold.

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Toughie 1278

Toughie No 1278 by Giovanni

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

It is rumoured that Giovanni has strong words to say about crossword blogs in the forthcoming update of his beloved manual.  If he continues to produce puzzles like this one then it is not surprising that the Arsène Wenger* of Crosswordland gets bad reviews.

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DT 27626

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27626

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very windswept North Devon. I thought that this enjoyable puzzle was pretty straightforward but the Telegraph Puzzles site has been showing four stars for difficulty all morning so I’ve compromised and given it 3*. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27625

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27625

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our nine day thousand mile road trip involving two weddings and a funeral is over and will hopefully never be repeated. Today we have another excellent offering from Rufus with some odd twists on familiar words. Definitions are underlined and I hope you can understand my ramblings.

My favourite clue is 20 down and my thanks go out to pommers and Merusa for teaching me about Els, Ens and Ems. Thanks also to Tstrummer for the Nuts and Muttons.

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Rookie Corner 028

A Puzzle by Axolotl

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ST 2766 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766 (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 – 245

NTSPP – 245

Non-alcoholic by Soup

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DT 27624 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27624 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by gnomethang

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Today is your last chance to enter the October Monthly Prize Puzzle.

Your blogging team will be strongly represented at the London convention today, so you will be in the hands of a much smaller team.  Many thanks to gnomethang who has volunteered to set the ball rolling before he too heads off for Wapping.  BD

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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