September 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2659 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2659 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

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DT 26984 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26984 (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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Calling Canterbury’s slightly mad hatters ~ Posted on

Calling Canterbury’s slightly mad hatters

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John Pidgeon (Petitjean to Toughie fans, all manner of names to Cryptic solvers) will be running a series of Thursday morning crossword workshops in the village of Bridge, three miles from Canterbury, from October 11th.  Lifelong solvers and novices will be equally welcome at these get-togethers, where John’s aim will be to improve your recognition of various types of clues, help you spot setters’ sleight of hand, and get you more quickly to the right answer.

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Toughie 850 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 850 by Elgar

Whodunit??

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

Whodunit??   It was that Elgar, m’Lud, and he was wearing his full Vlad the Impaler outfit, complete with new hob-nailed boots  and a large pointed stake, and he had the scariest wicked glint in his eye….!

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DT 26978 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26978

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I didn’t think I could possibly solve a crossword quicker than a time I am not allowed to mention here, but Saturday morning proved that apparently I can.  The perfect puzzle for what was supposedly the last nice day of the summer, a quick solve and then out to enjoy some lovely sunshine.

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DT 26983 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26983

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Firstly thanks to BigDave for covering for me on Wednesday (busy week for him!).

This started off quite easily on the left side, but stalled a bit, but not much, with the remainder.  I would therefore give it a 2-2.5* for difficulty, and 3* for enjoyment, with the caveat that these are always subjective.  Thank you to setter.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  “[xxx]” denotes a synonym or equivalent to “xxx”.

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Toughie 849 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 849 by Warbler

Toughie? No way!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-tough Toughie! I found it so non-tough that I have given a 1* for difficulty for the first ever time. Did other solvers find it as easy?

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DT 26982 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26982

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** (**********)Enjoyment ****

The blog is a little late today as I missed the fact that Pommers was unavailable. You will have noticed that I have given two difficulty ratings. The first is for those, like me, that love Ray T’s puzzles and the other is for the usual suspects for whom every puzzle rates a galaxy of stars.

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