March 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2685 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2685 (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 27139 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27139 (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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DT 27138

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27138

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Although I must have blogged hundreds of Giovanni’s puzzles by now I wouldn’t have associated this one with him if I hadn’t known that he always provides the Friday back-pager. In spite of the date there are no trademark religious references and no classical allusions. I thought that it was pretty straightforward – how did you get on?
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DT 27133

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27133

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gnomey’s stuck in a  dark basement again (the lives these young men lead!) and his very last minute  emailed plea for help gives me the chance to review this Cephas puzzle –  Cephas  is definitely increasing the difficulty level these days which adds to the enjoyment factor too.

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Toughie 952

Toughie No 952 by Busman

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s about 2½ years since I last blogged a Busman toughie but I could still remember that Busman toughies are normally pleasant enough to do but not overly difficult. Nothing has changed. This is the grid that is effectively four mini-puzzles connected at the centre. There’s always a danger with this grid that one of the corners might prove intractable but that didn’t happen here. I did the top two corners with ease but then had to think a little bit harder about the bottom two.

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ST 2683

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2683

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All! Apologies for the late delivery – my PC at home had problems so I couldn’t upload late last night and had to redraft the blog. A fine Virgilius puzzle as we have come to expect..

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DT 27137

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27137

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where spring has arrived.  Judging from the UK forecast, conditions here are very similar to those in London – perhaps even a few degrees warmer here.  However, we still have a foot or two of snow on the ground – but it is quickly disappearing.

I suspect that you did not get the blogger you were expecting, and maybe not the setter either – I would say that this puzzle has definitely not been fashioned by RayT.  On first read through, I thought it was going to be more difficult than it turned out to be.  Once I got a foothold established, things started to fall into place.

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Toughie 951

Toughie No 951 by Petitjean

The Sound of Music…..?

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

…well, it is Petitjean so several musical references and some  mountains too!   A super crossword; for me it had  about the right level of toughness for a Wednesday (3.5*),  lots to smile at, and the chance to sing  while you type too!!  No need for hats, either slightly mad or thermal today as the sun’s finally appeared in a lovely blue sky.

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