Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers

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Big Dave and the team of bloggers would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A special thank you to all the crossword setters, especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments on the blog, and to Phil McNeill and his team at Telegraph Puzzles.

If you are one of several thousand lurkers that visit the site every day – why not break cover and say hello!



Although the Daily Telegraph is not published today, online subscribers (and non-subscribers this year!) have been treated to not two but three web-only cryptic puzzles, a standard puzzle, a Toughie by Dada and finally another of Elgar’s beastly Double Toughies.


20 Comments

  1. Silveroak
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you too Dave and to all setters, tipsters, and fellow crossword solvers who visit your blog. Also to Phil and his team. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and may 2014 proceed with ne’er a technical hitch.

  2. Senf
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    A very Happy Christmas to everyone, especially to BD and the setters. Here’s hoping to a speedy resolution to the web site problems and the resumption of normal service.

  3. JAK
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    A Merry Christmas to one and all, and a big thanks to BD for another year of wit and knowledge. It is now 10:30 on Christmas day in the Peloponnese. The weather is dull and overcast, and even worse Santa’s little helpers have once again forgotten to update the site.

    • Prolixic
      Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      You have mail.

    • Posted December 25, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      You’ve changed your alias since your previous visit – both should work now.

  4. colmce
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Happy Christmas to all.

    Can’t find the link to the extra puzzles?

    Got the cryptic on the Ipad, another gentle themed job.

    • Prolixic
      Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      You have mail.

      • colmce
        Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        Many Thanks.

  5. gnomethang
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Everyone! Rib of beef occurring towards 13:00!

  6. Sweet William
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you BD and all your colleagues. Thanks to all of you for all your hard work. We get so much pleasure from this site.

  7. Jezza
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to everyone! Put your feet up BD, you deserve it… hope you and Mrs BD have a relaxing day!

  8. DavidA
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a great blogger, but now’s the time to say a big “thank you” to BD and the team for the great pleasure your dedicated work gives me, and thousands of others, throughout the year. Happy Christmas BD to you and yours and all the best for 2014!!

  9. Gari
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who contribute and use a fantastic blog. :D

  10. Toro
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy Christmas everyone. Here’s to the next hundred years!

  11. Tstrummer
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Apart from work-related web work, this is the only site I come to every day. I wish absolutely everyone, including Elgar, who sends shivers down my spine when I see his name above a puzzle, the very highest compliments of the season. I’ve never read a more selfless blog. Please keep up the first-rate work in 2014

  12. Catnap
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Season’s Greetings, and much appreciation to all who make this splendid blog the wonderful site that it is.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

  13. Dockit
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to BD, the setters and all on the blog too. I’ve only been lurking since February but you’ve made learning how to do cryptic crosswords immense fun!!

  14. Denis
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Yuletide Felicitations,
    to B. D. and the setters & fellow bloggers.
    Guess what ? The puzzle site is down again!
    All the best,

    D. D.

  15. Thicko
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes for 2014 to Dave & all his bloggers.
    Don’t seem to get hints any more for Sunday Telegraph. Stuck on four and was hoping…..

    • Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Thicko

      The hints are published every Sunday, although they are often later than they are on Weekdays.