March 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 112 (Review) ~ Posted on

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 112

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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Sorry about the delay in posting the review.  I have spent most of the day digging in the garden and am now as stiff as a board!  When I have the energy, I will add some pictures but here are the hints and solutions.

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NTSPP – 112 ~ Posted on

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 112

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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Welcome to the latest in our series of puzzles, which have now been running every week for over two years.

This week we have another puzzle from Hieroglyph.  While there is no actual theme, a number of the clues are linked to other clues.

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DT 26828 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26828 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 746 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 746 by Notabilis

Pure Enjoyment!

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

Tilsit had arranged for transport to take him to the hospital for 7:00am this morning and by 10:30am he was still waiting. No complaints from me as I got the job of reviewing this wonderful Notabilis puzzle

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ST 2632 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2632

A full review by crypticsue

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

Best puzzle of the week, thank you Virgilius.   Some clues fall into easier to solve than explain territory, and it is impossible to pick favourites from so many good examples, although revisiting the crossword for the review has made the one clue I didn’t like ‘grow’ on me! 

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DT 26827 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26827

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a fairly routine Giovanni puzzle with a fair sprinkling of proper names. After last week’s Nina I looked carefully for another (but in vain). Let us know how you enjoyed it.
If you need, in spite of the hint, to see an answer, just highlight the spaces between the curly brackets under the clue.

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DT 26822 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26822

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Morning All! I raced through this puzzle from Cephas and whilst reviewing it thought that there were some attractive clues but a few clues that were telegraphed (ahem) to the point that they went in without thinking.

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Toughie 745 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 745 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Bufo is unavailable today so I have moved from the back page to the Toughie.

This is a pleasant if unexciting puzzle.

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DT 26826 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26826

Hints and tips by Digby

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

Maybe it was the effect of a late night, after a gruelling tennis match against mighty Brighton, but I found this at the high end of difficulty for a back-pager. All the clues were solvable with the application of a little preservation, so get stuck in and enjoy it. A satisfying solve.

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Toughie 744 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 744 by Dada

Lots of Good Material

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

Over the past six Wednesdays I’ve had Toughies from Notabilis, Elkamere (twice), Osmosis, Micawber and Elgar to blog. Impossible to keep up that standard, I thought, but today sees the return, after a long absence, of the wonderful Dada (whom you may know better as Paul, Mudd or Punk from other publications). This is really great stuff but not too difficult – if I have one criticism it’s that the grid is very “cornery” so that it’s essentially four mini-puzzles.
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