October 2013 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27319 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27319 (Hints)

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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Big Dave is on his way to Sheffield for the special Sloggers & Betters Gathering to celebrate John Henderson’s 50th birthday so it’s my turn to provide you with some hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.

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Toughie 1073

Toughie No 1073 by Firefly

Know Your Onions!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley! Firefly is back in the Friday slot with a puzzle that is one of the more gentle Friday challenges. I thought it a bit odd to have a few clues with the word ‘onions’ in, all of which were a particular type of clue; usually when that happens the word is hidden in the puzzle and referred to be a clue number.

It’s a big weekend in the Crossword World with a certain Friday Toughie resident celebrating his 50th birthday with a couple of gatherings, one in Sheffield tomorrow, and one in London on Sunday. We will be playing our part here on the blog, pop in tomorrow lunchtime and have a look. I will be at the Sheffield gathering, along with many of the great and the good and if you can make it, I’d love to meet you. No doubt there will be photos.

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DT 27318

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27318

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This puzzle from Giovanni is full of his usual polished clueing. It’s the last Giovanni back-pager I’ll be blogging for a while (I have been on Friday duty for over four years) since Deep Threat has kindly agreed to do a swap, so from next week I’ll be appearing on Tuesdays.
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DT 27313

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27313

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A write-it-in-as you read the clues puzzle – just what I needed on Saturday morning ( ;) ) – the straightforwardness didn’t detract from the enjoyment factor.

 

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DT 27317

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27317

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather continues to be unseasonably warm. I found this a bit of a mixture. Some real “gimmes” but also some rather obscure definitions. I’ll be interested in your opinions.  As usual the ones like like most are in blue.
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Toughie 1071

Toughie No 1071 by Giovanni

A Lot of Different Notes but No Dohs

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I thought that this was pretty straightforward with not a lot of laughs. Do let us know how you fared.
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DT 27316

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27316

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I’d give this slightly less than 2* for difficulty, being slightly held up at the end, and 3* for enjoyment.  Thanks Jay.

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