May 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2798 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2798 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

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DT 27815 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27815 (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 1404

Toughie No 1404 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

In between revision for my OU exams, this came as a lovely welcome relief. One of my favourite setters and Notabilis hasn’t disappointed today (not that he ever does!).… Continue reading

DT 27814

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27814

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Camping Le Soleil at Argelès-sur-Mer on the Mediterannean coast of France on a beautiful sunny morning.

I haven’t been getting my usual fix of crosswords this week, being away from the paper, and having had less access to the internet than usual.… Continue reading

DT 27809

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27809

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 23rd May 2015

Morning All! Sorry for the short delay. I had a 06:30 start on site yesterday with a 90 mile round trip followed by a grim 190 mile drive to Droitwich from where we hit York tonight then Newcastle tomorrow for some Rugby League. As a result I was falling asleep in the dinner last night. There were some nice tricky clues in this which added to my enjoyment.

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Toughie 1403

Toughie No 1403 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s been a long time (over 18 months) since I last blogged a Messinae puzzle and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, it turned out to be a typical Thursday puzzle which was pleasant enough to solve but not all that difficult.… Continue reading

DT 27813

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27813

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s warm and sunny and looking like it’s going to be another gorgeous day.  I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production as it ticks all the boxes but there are six anagrams which is more than usual for one of his. I’m sure many of you will be well pleased. It was going to be a pretty solid ** until I stalled on a couple in the SW corner and it slipped into *** time.
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ST 2796

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2796

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th May 2015

Although you solve the Sunday crossword and parse as you go along (or when you’ve finished),  there’s always another bit of cleverness that you only spot when you’re the lucky person doing the review.  Well that’s what I think anyway.

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Toughie 1402

Toughie No 1402 by Micawber

A Trusty Steed

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

We have another highly entertaining puzzle from Micawber, the Midweek Maestro. I just hope that he can keep them coming.
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