May 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2486 – Hints ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2486 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A sunny puzzle for a sunny Sunday!

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 5th June.

Some hints to get you started:

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DT 25942 – Hints ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25942 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

An altogether better puzzle this week, albeit a little easier than last week.  The handful of proper nouns are clued reasonably well, and I quite liked the unusual grid.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 4th June.

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ST 2485 – Review ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2485 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This one was a bit of a stroll in the park.  It was still enjoyable, but I do prefer my puzzles to be a bit harder than this was.

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Toughie 155 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 155 by Elgar

This one went off the top end of the difficulty scale!

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

When you see Elgar’s name you know you are in for a difficult time.  This one is certainly no exception.  There were a mere handful of relatively easy clues, and some where, despite getting the answer, I have struggled to get all of the wordplay.  If you have seen anything that I missed, please add a comment.

Elgar was at the Sloggers and Betters evening last week, but he didn’t warn me that this one was in the pipeline.

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DT 25941 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25941

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A nice easy start with simple anagrams at 1a and 2d and then it got a bit more complicated… it also helps if you get 13a early on, as the “four cornery” feel to the crossword, needs the checking letters from this one to make life a bit easier. Otherwise, some excellent clues, and a well thought out and crafted crossword.

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DT 25936 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25936 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A very straightforward puzzle with only a couple of points to delay experienced solvers.  One new answer for me, and only a few puzzling clues.  Grid grumbles: none!  A bit of a geography exam, but I doubt these entries caused serious trouble.

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DT 25940 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25940

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Categorising a puzzle as difficult or easy is problematic, in that one which is easy for a veteran solver who knows all the conventions and has probably seen variations on many of the clues before, can be very difficult for a novice. So the “BD Difficulty Rating” at the top of all our reviews is not meant to be an absolute judgement but is a personal opinion of how this puzzle compares with an average one in this category.

I found this puzzle to be slightly easier than the normal Telegraph Cryptic (and therefore an ideal one for someone starting out), but with many well-constructed and entertaining clues – but that’s just one opinion – leave us yours via a comment!

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Toughie 153 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 153 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a very enjoyable Toughie with some excellent and amusing clues. Some of the wordplay is tricky and it’s a good idea to claw your way into it by picking off an easy clue (like 24d) or an obvious anagram (like 27a) first, in order to get as many checking letters as possible before you start on the harder clues.

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DT 25939 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25939

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

It has been long established that the Telegraph, with occasional exceptions, used the same setter each week for any given day.  Recently it has been obvious that this no longer applies – I cannot believe that this puzzle was from the same source as last week’s travesty.  This one is not only easier than a week ago, but much more enjoyable.

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