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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.

If this is your first time, or for more information about this site, please click on Read More…

Here  you will get help with solving these puzzles, and the wordplay will be explained by fellow solvers in simple, easy to understand, terms.

The main cryptic review is usually available by 11.00am, although it may be later at weekends, and the one for the Toughie by 2.00pm.  Please remember that all work on this site is voluntary (that’s a euphemism for  unpaid!) and that circumstances may mean that some days they will be a little later.

This help will usually be gentle prods in the right direction, with the main emphasis on the wordplay.  CAPITALS are used to indicate anagram fodder (the letters from which the anagram is formed) and any other part of the answer that comes from the clue itself. 

For several years the answers were given inside curly brackets using a white font – just select the area inside the brackets and the answer is revealed ~

try it here: {THIS TEXT IS REVEALED WHEN SELECTED}.

More recent posts use a spoiler facility – just click on where it says ANSWER to reveal the answer.

Some hints have links to items of interest, some useful, some totally frivolous – just click on the highlighted words.

As far as the Saturday & Sunday Prize Cryptic crosswords are concerned, hints for some of the more difficult clues are given on the day of publication, with a full review appearing at 9:00 am on the following Friday (Saturday puzzle) or the Thursday ten days later (Sunday puzzle), which is after the deadline for submission of competition entries.  This is in common with most of the other serious crossword blogs.   I am interested in helping true crossword enthusiasts rather than serial prize seekers.  Comments on these puzzles which give answers, whether whole, partial or incorrect, or alternative clues before the closing date will be redacted or deleted.

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I hope you enjoy your visit, and hope you will return each day.



 

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