March 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27451 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27451

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Big Dave asked me to step in and do the blog for this typical Rufus crossword. I didn’t have any difficulties personally, but how did you get on?

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DT 27450 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27450 (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 1161 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1161 by Osmosis

The Day the Music Died

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

A typical Osmosis puzzle where the difficulty comes from the convoluted clue constructs, which, for me, reduces the enjoyment level. However, 22 across added one star back in!

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DT 27449 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27449

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey morning.

I thought today’s puzzle from Giovanni was reasonably straightforward, certainly not as difficult as yesterday’s.

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DT 27444 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27444

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday 22nd March 2014

Morning All!. I think that this was a Cephas production. The usual quality of clues that I found quite entertaining.

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Toughie 1160 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1160 by Warbler

She was afraid to come out of the locker!

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

A lovely Toughie from the equally lovely Warbler. 6 down / 11 across had me puzzling and was my last one in, as well as my favourite.

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ST 2735 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2735

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on  Sunday, 16th March 2014

Morning All! This was a typical Virgilius puzzle that was pretty tricky in places with some very concise and misleading surface reading in the clues.  I just about stayed in 3-star territory on the last 5 clues in.

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DT 27448 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27448

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Ottawa where the calendar claims it is spring but when I venture outside my front door I find a couple of feet of snow and a temperature in the minus double digits Celsius. Blame it on global warming!

When I signed on for today’s shift, I didn’t bargain on Britain not having switched to Summer Time. As North America has already made the shift, Ottawa is currently only four hours behind London with the result being that I get a later start on the puzzle and consequently work later into the wee hours of the morning.

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