December 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1110 ~ Posted on

The 2013 Toughie No 1110 by Micawber

That Was The Year That Was

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

This is a brilliant review of the year in what has become an annual treat from the ever-inventive Micawber. I loved it – let us know what you thought.
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DT 27374 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27374

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***


The Tuesday Mysteron has provided us with a straightforward crossword for the final backpager of 2013 – anagram fans will love  it but it had a few too many ‘old friends’ for me.

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DT 27373 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27373

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

[Today Miffypops has put his head above the parapet and tried his hand at reviewing. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. BD]

Good morning from Downtown LI where the weather is becoming increasingly threatening. Here is a very enjoyable puzzle from Rufus which I found a little trickier than usual.

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DT 27372 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27372 (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 1109 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1109 by Kcit

Films for all the family

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

If you think that too much Christmas cheer has left you suffering from  a sense of  déjà-vu, worry not.   People who get their Telegraph puzzles electronically will have seen this one on Tuesday 17 December before it was replaced by a Notabilis Toughie which had been printed  the paper ten days early by mistake.   It also explains why this crossword isn’t quite as tough as expected for  a Friday Toughie.

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DT 27371 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27371

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Feliz Navidad from the Vega Baja where it’s a bright and sunny morning but a bit chilly. I hope you have all enjoyed the festivities, have survived the appalling weather, and have recovered from it all a bit faster than I seem to have managed (my powers of recovery are not what they used to be!).  Maybe it’s the after-effects of some excessive Christmas cheer that’s slowed me down but this one seemed to me to be a little bit tricky in places, so *** it is.  You lot will probably all make comments that it’s only about a 1* (just to make me feel bad) but it will all roll off my back like a duck!
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Toughie 1108 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1108 by Myops

Boxing clever

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

A genuine Toughie and a very pleasant solve for Boxing Day morning. I made steady progress throughout although it needed a bit of thought to understand some of the wordplay. My only real difficulty was caused by my entering an incorrect answer at 26 down and then wondering why 28 across wouldn’t fit with it.

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DT 27370 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27370

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Boxing Day brings us a crossword which will definitely please both those people fed up with Christmas-themed puzzles and fans of Ray T.   What it will do for the rest of the solvers, I am sure we will find out from their comments in due course!

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