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

Toughie 1090

Toughie No 1090 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

One of those dreadful four-corner grids helped to make this a passable but not very enjoyable puzzle.

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DT 27345

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27345

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty day. I’m busy on Friday this week, so Gazza has kindly agreed to swap. I wonder if the puzzles site will be working by then?

Normal Tuesday difficulty as far as I was concerned, with a couple of unusual words, but nothing that particularly stood out.

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DT 27344

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27344

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Today’s puzzles can now be downloaded from here – thanks to Spindrift for the info.

Libellule is taking a sabbatical, but hopes to return from time to time. Meanwhile, if you fancy having a go at writing a review I’d be delighted to hear from you.

This is Rufus at his gentlest, and a comfortable start to the week.

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DT 27343 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27343 (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 1089

Toughie No 1089 by Osmosis

‘Why don’t you come up some time, and see me’

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

You never quite know what to expect from an Osmosis puzzle, but, as this one was published on a Friday, I did expect a tougher challenge than this.

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DT 27342

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27342

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, slightly frosty morning. Quite like old times, waking up to news of cricketing calamity from Australia.

After last Friday’s tour de force by Giovanni, we are back to a level which I found less taxing this week – comfortably in ** time, though still with the occasional unfamiliar word.

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DT 27337

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27337

A full review by crypticsue

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

I found this Cephas puzzle slightly trickier than usual  but now I have been through it for the review, I am not really sure why.

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