May 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27504 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27504 (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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DT 27503 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27503

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Camping La Garenne at St Laurent du Pape in the Ardèche. I’m sitting outside typing this on a beautiful sunny morning. The site WiFi is a bit slow, so no illustrations today.

It may just be that I’m on holiday and out of practice, but I found today’s Giovanni quite tricky, with some unusual spellings thrown in, plus a grid that meant that each corner was quite isolated. Definitely *** difficulty.

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DT 27498 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27498

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 24th May 2014

Morning All!. I solved this after a good day at Wentworth watching the golf. There were some lovely clues here but too many charades, I felt. The lack of variation was apparent when blogging in order.

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DT 27502 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27502

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For me, an unfamiliar setter, but the puzzle is about what I’m used to on Wednesdays, so a 2*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment.  Thanks to setter (don’t know who he/she is).

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ST 2744 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2744

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 18th May 2014

Another splendid start to a really lovely sunny Sunday morning.   Took me a while to spot the well hidden anagram in 18d and as for ‘what’s contained in shot’ in 20d, that has to be the d’oh of the day.

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Toughie 1195 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1195 by Micawber

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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

We have another Wednesday treat from the wonderfully inventive Micawber. I thought it was fairly gentle and my main difficulty was deciding on exactly what to underline in a couple of the clues where the wordplay morphed (did you see what I did there?) into the definition.
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