September 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1474

Toughie No 1474 by Firefly

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I can’t say that I enjoyed this a great deal. Getting the answers wasn’t very difficult but several of the definitions seemed woolly and there wasn’t a great deal of amusement.… Continue reading

DT 27920

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27920

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Last weekend we put our clocks forward 1 hour. The first Godwits arrived from Alaska a few days ago. There are clutches of new ducklings on the ponds beside our usual walking path. Spring has arrived!
Jay up to his usual high standard again today.
And we have had a very anxious few hours as we could not access the site to post this. Someone somewhere must have worked some magic and it all works again. Phew.

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Toughie 1473

Toughie No 1473 by Excalibur

All creatures great and small

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

The Toughie week begins with a slightly more convoluted offering than some of Excalibur’s recent crosswords, including one clue which, had the puzzle been sent to me for test solving by one of the crèche, I’d certainly have queried when I sent my comments back to the setter.  … Continue reading

DT 27919

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27919

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I’m still in a state of euphoria (and shock) after the magnificent performance by Wales on Saturday evening – bring on the Fijians next!

The bottom half of today’s puzzle seemed easier than the top (although I was handicapped by misreading ‘bottle’ as ‘battle’ in 7a – it really is time for a visit to Specsavers).… Continue reading

DT 27918

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27918

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Phew! Weekends do not come much better than the one that has just passed. Beautiful weather. Seven Rugby matches to watch. Rugby Heaven and Rugby hell on Saturday night.… Continue reading

ST 2815 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2815 (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.

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

DT 27917 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27917 (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 1472

Toughie No 1472 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I very much enjoyed this Notabilis – as always his clueing is precise with some fun surprises. I had to start from the bottom, with NW putting up a fight until the very end.… Continue reading