February 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26487 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26487

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Its bright and sunny here in the Touraine, so I was up nice and early to do the crossword and blog. I rapidly managed to fill the grid, only to leave a small hole in the top right hand corner. The answers to most of these clues also went in pretty quickly, except 9a, after some head scratching I reached for the dictionary. Thats a definition of form, that I was not aware of. Otherwise I enjoyed what is a typical Rufus crossword.

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ST 2577 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2577 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Not a difficult puzzle, more a film quiz. You must read the editor’s note first – “In this Oscars Special, some answers include figures. A figure 1 should be input as the letter I.”   Only three answers actually contain numbers, and in one of those the numerals are Roman.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

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NTSPP – 055 (Review) ~ Posted on

Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle – 055 (Review)

“Hearsay” by Radler

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Lots of hearsay and homophones in this lovely puzzle from Radler.  I twigged the theme early on in the solving process which may have helped with some of the clues.  Overall, I found this one of the more accessible Radler crosswords.

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NTSPP – 055 (Comments) ~ Posted on

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 055

Hearsay by Radler

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Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

Radler entertains us again with a puzzle which has an interesting theme which is suggested by the sub-title.

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Toughie 518 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 518 by Elgar

Got any small change, guv?

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

It’s that time of the month again.  Time to wrestle with Elgar and today there was a nice mixture of the laugh-out loud and the sublimely clever.  Did you spot the hidden theme?  If not, look again at 3 down!  One or two definitions that had me reaching for Mrs Bradford’s wonderful Dictionary.

Unfortunately a complicated day today means I have had to call on Big Dave to assist with the downs.

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ST 2576 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2576

A full review by Gnomethang

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

Afternoon All!. This week we had a slightly more difficult puzzle from Virgilius but as usual it had some very witty clues and the trademark hidden words and cheeky constructions. Continue reading “ST 2576”

DT 26485 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26485

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today’s Giovanni is not the most difficult that we’ve had, and there are a few old chestnuts (but there are always new solvers coming along so they won’t be old chestnuts for everybody). Let us know what you thought of it in a comment.
If you want to see an answer drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26480 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26480

A Full Review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This crossword came at the end of a very strange week for the DT Cryptics with the usual order of level of difficulty being much disrupted, and the Prize Puzzle followed the trend being trickier than normal – still only 3* difficulty for me, although I appreciate others will have given it a 4* rating. Thanks to the Mysteron for setting us all the perfect challenge for a very very wet Saturday.

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Toughie 517 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 517 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I enjoyed this puzzle. I was becalmed for a while in the top left-hand corner but overall thought it of average difficulty.

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