July 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1440

Toughie No 1440 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Ha! By pure chance I just came across a week-old email from the Telegraph with a £50 amazon voucher for winning the Sunday Prize crossword – it was in my spam folder!… Continue reading

DT 27868

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27868

Hints and tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning everyone from a warm and sunny Shropshire. Today BD has given me the opportunity to blog a Giovanni and what a benign mood the Don is in.… Continue reading

Toughie 1439

Toughie No 1439 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice clues but it was not particularly tough. I wish that Dada would up the difficulty level. Or is it just me who’s always on the right wavelength for Dada puzzles?… Continue reading

DT 27867

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27867

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ****Enjoyment ****

Good morning all. This isn’t a Ray T crossword but it’s certainly the week for difficult ones. I have absolutely no idea who the setter is – after my failure to spot Shamus on Tuesday I wouldn’t say even if I had!… Continue reading

ST 2805

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2805

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th July 2015

The usual Sunday service – hard to pick just one favourite so I’ll say that, amongst several others I could mention, I thought 10a, 26a were brilliant.

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Toughie 1438

Toughie No 1438 by Messinae

Only one beef today

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

Thanks to Messinae for a very pleasant puzzle with some good surface readings and several d’oh moments.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Continue reading

DT 27866

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27866

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa (Greetings, Greetings, Greetings to you all).
As it is quite a long time since we last used a Maori greeting here, we thought we would re-use this formal greeting that is often used as the opening line of an oration given on a marae.
We don’t need to play the game of “guess the setter” on a Wednesday. We know it is going to be Jay and we know it is going to be fun. Today we had to work quite a lot harder than usual too.

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Toughie 1437

Toughie No 1437 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Giovanni offers us a Pangram today, though the combination of unusual words and ultra-loose definitions made it hard for me to enjoy this puzzle as much as I did last Friday’s.… Continue reading

DT 27865

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27865

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’ve got a pretty good idea as to the identity of today’s compiler (though I’m not going to spell it out in case I’m wrong). I thought this was quite tricky in places but I did enjoy it a lot.… Continue reading