June 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Cryptic Crossword Solving Research ~ Posted on

A Message from Dr Kathryn Friedlander and Dr Philip Fine

University of Buckingham

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

A number of you may have seen some articles last week in the press concerning our crossword research and, in particular, the recorded crossword solving trials we conducted in Buckingham during 2011, which some of you kindly volunteered to assist us in. I’m afraid that (the press being what it is) our research has been rather mangled, and I’d like to set out what the real position is.

Continue reading “Cryptic Crossword Solving Research”

DT 27217 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27217 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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.

Continue reading “DT 27217 (Hints)”

DT 27211 ~ Posted on

  Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27211

A full review by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gnomethang is a bit busy at the moment, probably spoiling a good walk by playing golf, so I have put this review together fairly quickly.

Continue reading “DT 27211”

Toughie 1004 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1004 by Warbler

Normal Service is Resumed

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

After last week’s genuinely tough celebratory puzzle it’s back to Thursday normality this week with a very benign puzzle. Actually it’s a very pleasant puzzle with some nice clues but it caused me no problems whatsoever.

Continue reading “Toughie 1004”

DT 27215 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27215

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

I thought this was one of Ray T’s easier puzzles, and my only complaint is that it was over too quickly.

Continue reading “DT 27215”

ST 2696 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2696

A full review by crypticsue

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another fine Sunday outing for a Virgilius puzzle – my top favourites  were 17a, 23a and 13d,  but then there’s 26d and … but I don’t want to upset Kath so I had better stop now.

Continue reading “ST 2696”