September 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship

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DT 27608

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27608

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

No real problems but quite entertaining – that’s my verdict. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27607

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27607

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I have left last week’s grumpy chair and am pleased to say that I have enjoyed this puzzle which mostly fell in quite easily with a small hiccup in the south west corner. Do you remember Mental Arithmetic (now known as mental maths)? Well today is National Mental Anagram Solver Day. There are seven to mentally solve today. Have a go and let me know how you got on.

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DT 27606 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27606 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by Gazza

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Big Dave is having a well-earned Saturday morning off so you’re stuck with me today. 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 1265

Toughie No 1265 by Elgar

Watch out! Vlad’s back

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

Here’s a puzzle for those who have been complaining that the recent Toughies have not come up to the mark. Although not as ferociously difficult as some of his puzzles, at least Elgar offers value-for-money.

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DT 27605

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27605

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Umberleigh in North Devon, where we are spending a few days. A damp, grey start to the day has now given way to beautiful late September sunshine.

Most of today’s puzzle from Giovanni went in without difficulty, but the last couple tipped me into *** time, with 7d the last one in.

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