December 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27062 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27062

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

I enjoyed this themed puzzle from the maestro this morning, as it brightened up what is a dull cold day south of the Loire. I particularly enjoyed unravelling 17 and 24d. What did you think?

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ST 2672 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2672 (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 27061 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27061 (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 901 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 901 by Micawber

That Was the Year that Was!

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

Greetings from Nether Wasdale! I am away on a week’s holiday, but couldn’t resist bringing you the annual offering from Micawber reviewing the year’s news. As usual, it’s a lovely offering that makes you smile and brings back some of the characters that hit the headlines in 2012 (though I suspect a certain Elgar will be disappointed his hero Silvio hasn’t made an appearance).

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a belated Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this lovely site to life and especially Big Dave for all his work in keeping it running. A special word of appreciation though to Mrs BD (aka the lovely Pam) for putting up with His Nibs! I shall be back regularly after my break once I have got on top of my Open University course and one or two other things. Speaking of our glorious leader, I must thank him for nudging me on a few of these explanations that baffled me!

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DT 27060 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27,060

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Gazza has very kindly offered me the chance to do an on-the-day blog – if it is raining as much in Devon as it is in East Kent, I hope he has opted for the long lie-in rather than the early dog-walking option!

You always know what to expect on the back page of the paper on a Friday morning,   and the final Giovanni of 2012 turned out exactly as expected with a good mix of clues, with a couple of chances to smile and some which I know are bound to give rise to comment!

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ST 2670 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2670

A full review by gnomethang

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

Afternoon All!. Apologies for the tardiness of the blog – I clean forgot about it and have been a tad unwell over the festive period so was soundly asleep this morning instead of reviewing this very entertaining Virgilius puzzle.

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Toughie 900 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 900 by MynoT

Please let this not be the start of yet another series!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

MynoT has left his alphabet-themed crosswords behind him – or has he? In this one all but one of the answers contain a particular vowel and the one that doesn’t sort of indicates the fact.

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DT 27059 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27,059

Hints and tips by Prolixic

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

Pommers is having a well earned rest from his local watering hole so I have the pleasure of blogging today’s crossword. This has all of the hallmarks of a Ray T crossword with the trademark innuendo (not an Italian suppository), a reference to his favourite group, Queen, and all of the clues in the Quick Crossword being single words. As usual, there is lots to enjoy with a Ray T crossword. My favourite clues are highlighted in blue.

The definitions are shown underlined in the clues. Answers can be revealed by highlighting the words between the curly brackets.

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