December 2014 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27666 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27666 (Hints)

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It’s nearly Christmas and it’s time for our December Prize Puzzle!

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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Prize Puzzle – December 2014

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 31 (December 2014)

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

 A review will follow after the closing date (20th December 2014).

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Toughie 1305

Toughie No 1305 by Notabilis

Sheer class!

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

When the Daily Telegraph introduced the Toughie, this is the sort of puzzle that we solvers expected. Sadly we don’t see enough of them.

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DT 27665

         Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27665

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where after a cold, grey start, a little sunshine has broken through.

A straightforward puzzle from Giovanni this morning, with no real stand-out moments as far as I was concerned.

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DT 27660

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27660

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 29th  November 2014

Morning All! The solution to the puzzle went in quite quickly but I found upon reviewing a number of clue types directly after each other. Maybe it is my solving style that is to blame!

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Toughie 1304

Toughie No 1304 by Micawber

A leg end in his own lifetime

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

An enjoyable puzzle that wasn’t all that difficult. That was fine by me because I was pushed for time this morning.

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DT27664

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27664

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s raining! For some reason I didn’t really get on with this puzzle.  I don’t know why as it’s not very difficult, there are a few anagrams to get you going and a couple of nice cryptic definitions which raised a smile or two so what was wrong?  Perhaps it’s the rain or maybe it’s the fourteen sets of double unches that caused the problem.  I’ll be interested to hear your views.

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ST 2771

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2771

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Morning All! I was late solving this due to work commitments and am late blogging it for the same reason!. Luckily I have a day off in lieu of working the weekends so the Down clues will be up in about half an hour. All in all I found this a really fun solve.

 

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Toughie 1303

Toughie No 1303 by Giovanni

100 not out

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

If you get your puzzles from the paper you’ll have noticed that this puzzle marks Giovanni’s century as a Toughie setter – so congratulations to him.
The reason that I’ve given this four stars for difficulty rather than three is due to a) the length of time it took me to see the definition for 1a, although the answer was obvious and b) the NE corner where I didn’t help myself by writing in the wrong answer for 16a. If I’d spotted earlier that we have a pangram I might not have taken so long to get the right answer for 16a.
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DT 27663

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27663

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Radio New Zealand told us a couple of days ago that summer has officially started. Doesn’t really feel like it yet as we have had more than our share of cold windy days lately. Today however is calm, clear and warmish so we can feel optimistic of more to come.

Jay has served up another of his tasty delights today, slightly in the gentler range.

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