October 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 868 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 868 by Micawber

May I have some more, please Sir?

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

With some setters it’s a relief to get to the end of a puzzle, but with Micawber I’m always left wanting more. Today we have another of his very entertaining puzzles to enjoy – let us know how you fared.

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DT 27011 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27011

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty *+Enjoyment ***

A straightforward solve. Favourite was 16down, with its amusing imagery. About a 1.5* for difficulty and 3* for enjoyment, though over in a relatively short period of time. Thanks to setter.

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Toughie 867 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 867 by Warbler

At the Hop

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

When you see Warbler’s name as the setter you know two things – it’s going to be a very enjoyable puzzle and it’s not going to be too difficult.  Strictly speaking there’s a bit of a theme going on as well, which is revealed when three of the down clues have been solved.

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DT 27010 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27010

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

As well as the four colours round its periphery this puzzle has a mini-theme about horse-racing. I thought that it was quite pleasant without putting up too much of a fight; what did you think?
If you want to reveal an answer just highlight the gap between the curly brackets under the clue.

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ST 2663 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2663 (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 27008 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27008 (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 866 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 866 by ______: 13 6 27

Consider this!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Well, we have a Toughie by a mystery setter, or perhaps not? I’m not going to spoil it for you here and will try to keep things as much under wraps as possible. It’s a ferocious beast and you’ll need to know your music. Fortunately the key to this is one of my favourite tunes. I suspect some of you will not like this one bit, but I would encourage you to persevere and use a few hints, it is worthwhile. If all else fails, I’ll link to the music at the end of the blog.

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