Christmas and New Year Puzzles (2014/2015)

Christmas and New Year Puzzles

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Puzzle publication and closing dates over the Christmas and New Year period will be added as they become known.

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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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NTSPP – 254

NTSPP – 254

A Puzzle by Imsety

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DT 27678 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to have a go at our December Prize Puzzle!

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 1313

Toughie No 1313 by Elkamere

A stay of execution!

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

Having read that this was a difficult puzzle before I even started on it, I was pleasantly surprised to solve it in less than 5-star 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

DT 27677

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27677

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where we have a bright start to the day.

As usual with Giovanni, some uncommon words very fairly clued, but no particular difficulties otherwise.

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DT 27672

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 13th  December 2014

Quite a mixture of clues in this one, with several cryptic definitions which aren’t usually seen as much on Saturdays as they are in the week.

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Cambridge S & B (2015) – Advance Notice

Cambridge S & B
now confirmed: 25 April 2015

A message from Sil van den Hoek:

We are delighted to announce that there will be a Sloggers & Betters meeting in Cambridge next spring. The date is Saturday 25 April 2015, the venue a nice pub: The Castle Inn.

So far, 25+ cruciverbalists showed their interest with a clear “yes!”. If you changed your mind or if you want to add your name to the list of potential attendees, please send an email to Phil: [email protected] .… Read More

Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago). Because of this I was determined that I’d buck the trend and wouldn’t be grumpy today.… Read More

ST 2773

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th December 2014

 

I found this one a tiny bit trickier than recent Sundays – looking back at it ten days later, I have no idea why. As for a favourite, this week it has to be the trademark Virgilius clue – 18d.

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DT 27676

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27676

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where temperatures have been hovering around the freezing point meaning that the precipitation is wavering between rain and freezing rain. It really is quite nasty and makes one look forward to colder temperatures and snow.

I presume that today’s puzzle is by Mr.… Read More

Toughie 1311

Toughie No 1311 by Petitjean

Even Homer Nods

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

I’m usually a big fan of Petitjean’s puzzles but I found this one a bit flat. There is a trademark music-related clue but not much of his usual quirkiness. Am I just being a Mr Grumps? – Do let me know.
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