May 2009 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Big Dave gets a Face Lift

Welcome to the new look site

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For the last two or three weeks I have been working on a new look for the website.  This new theme has a number of features – some more interesting than others!

1. The main reason for the change is to have a variable width instead of a fixed width.  On my own screen less than half of the width was being utilised by the old theme – the new one adjusts to the size of screen.  Try shrinking the screen horizontally and watch the text automatically move.

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Toughie 152

Toughie No 152 by Citrus

A not-so-Toughie from Citrus

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle that could just as easily been a normal daily cryptic.  Some slightly tricky wordplay on a couple of clues pushed it from two star difficulty into three.  This would make a good puzzle to start on if you usually struggle with the Toughies.

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DT 25938

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25938

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

This is a decent, solid puzzle which left me feeling just slightly disappointed because there are no really witty clues to make me laugh. Am I being over-critical and expecting too much? What do you think? – leave us a comment!

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DT 25937

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25937

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The usual amiable start from the Monday Maestro with the usual smattering of cryptic definitions and clever wordplay.  Lots of double definition clues today.  I have to say that I feel that a couple of the cryptic definitions are not as strong as usual and seem a bit forced.

As usual, the “blank bits” between the curly brackets will give you the solution if you highlight it.

I would also welcome your comments, plaudits or brickbats below..

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ST 2485 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2485 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

If anything this one was a bit too easy, with two well-known places and a not-so-well-known explorer who is hidden in the clue.

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, 29th May.

Some hints to get you started:

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DT 25936 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25936 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

Once again we have a reasonable puzzle which, for me, was spoilt by the geography lesson that belongs in a general knowledge crossword.  This week’s name is the same Welsh one that came up in DT 25906.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 28th May.

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ST 2484 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2484 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

I did this puzzle on Sunday afternoon, while away for the weekend with no internet or dictionaries to hand.  And what a pleasure it was.

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Toughie 151

Toughie No 151 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment *

After yesterday’s brilliant Toughie we come down to earth with a bump today. This is the 151st Toughie and I’ve done nearly all of them, and this is my least favourite of the lot. There are a few nice clues but these are overwhelmed by many with poor wordplay and/or surface reading.

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