January 2015 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Now We Are Six!

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its sixth birthday today!

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Is it really six years since, in a moment of weakness, I set up this blog, with the first post published on the following day?  The average number of pageviews each day now exceeds 16,000 – can any other crossword-related blog come close to matching that?

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Toughie 1333

Toughie No 1333 by Excalibur

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BD Rating - Difficulty **** - Enjoyment ****

Psst... don't tell the boss, but for the most part I thought this was a lovely puzzle from Excalibur. I like her short clues with their vivid surface readings and imagery, and had fun figuring out the wordplay.

Just checking that you've all booked tickets for Saturday...

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DT 27709

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27709

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We have another typical Tuesday puzzle with not much to raise the blood pressure or have us rolling in the aisles. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 27708

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27708

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Coventry RFU won their sixteenth game on the trot as they whupped Cinderford on Saturday. That is all I have to say about this fine puzzle. Hopefully they will make it seventeen on Saturday at Richmond after which I might just meander over to The Bridge House to say hello to those of you who make it to the Cruciverbalists’ Convention.… Continue reading

ST 2780 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2780 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 27707 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27707 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday 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 1332

Toughie No 1332 by Elgar

Come over to the Dark Side

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

Today is that one time in the month when we are treated to a proper Toughie. Charge up your lightsabers and enjoy your trip to the dark side for your tussle with Darth Vader.… Continue reading

DT 27706

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27706

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

It took me little while to get going on today’s Giovanni, but I picked up speed after the first few clues fell into place, finishing just into *** time.… Continue reading