November 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 676

Toughie No 676 by Shamus

Who’s Who

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Shamus has given us a veritable Who’s Who of architects, engineers, outlaws, literary figures and a number of actors (only one Scot though on St. Andrews Day). I enjoyed it – how about you?
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DT 26723

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26723

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where we are experiencing rainy and unseasonably mild weather (rather British-like, I suppose) after a snowfall last week. Today, Jay gives us an entertaining puzzle with a theme appropriate to the date. I breezed through the bottom half but struggled a bit with the top half (in particular, the northwest quadrant). Perhaps my Scottish ancestry influenced the enjoyment factor.

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Toughie 675

Toughie No 675 by MynoT

Dum dum, a-diddly dum

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

With some of MynoT’s alphabetically themed puzzles it can take a while before the penny drops. With this one it became evident very quickly that it was an old pre-1971 penny!

ARVE Error: id and provider shortcodes attributes are mandatory for old shortcodes. It is recommended to switch to new shortcodes that need only url

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DT 26722

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26722

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s nothing too tricky today but it’s a solid puzzle and I enjoyed it. Let us know how you got on.
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DT 26721

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26721

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

This crossword from Rufus gets five stars for enjoyment because it is 25 years since his first Telegraph crossword was published. So I would like to add my congratulations to what I suspect will be many.

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NTSPP – 094 (Review)

NTSPP – 094 by Chaz

An accident waiting to happen

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Chaz returns to entertain us with another crossword that reveals his reading habits!  Favourite clues are highlighted in blue.  Let us what you liked and disliked in the comments below.

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NTSPP – 094

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 094

A Puzzle by Chaz

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Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have a puzzle from old friend Chaz, back again after a three-month break.  There is a bit of a theme running through this one.  It was new to me but I managed to work it out.

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DT 26720 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26720 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Big Dave is having a well-earned day off from the blog – he has gone to the Sloggers & Betters Convention in Derby.  I do enjoy a nice S&B meeting but Derby is just too far away and so  I have risen to the challenge and, as is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 674

Toughie No 674 by Firefly

History Lesson

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Firefly is back with what I consider to be a real improvement on his last couple of challenges. Not the hardest of puzzles but one which brought about a bit of head-scratching and a reach for the history books.

Like Gazza earlier, I have been having real problems with the Telegraph website. I haven’t been able to access the site much this week and have been lucky that chums have sent me copies of the puzzles scanned from the papers. There are issues known around midnight, but as far as they are aware it should be OK at other times. I know that Phil McNeill, the Puzzles Editor, will usually take note when people mention having difficulties here. Of course if you have a problem that needs to be resolved, or want to register that a problem has occurred so that they know about it, you should contact Telegraph Customer Services via the site.

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