October 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

We are 7 (Jan 2016)

Birthday Bash

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OK, we won’t be 7 until 28th January!  Tables are booked and the deposit has been paid, so now I can confirm what we already knew – our 7th Birthday Bash will be at the same venue as last year.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 30th January – any time between 12 noon and 7.00 pm.

All are welcome (that means you!) and, as usual, we have picked a pub that enables you to enjoy a host of real ales.  Click on either of the pictures for further details of the venue.

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DT 27947 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27947 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Many thanks to Tilsit and crypticsue for helping out over the last two Saturdays when I was in London and then York.

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 1492

Toughie No 1492 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Excellent puzzle from Notabilis today with crisp clueing and great surfaces. With X, Y & Z appearing in the first 3 solutions, I thought we were destined for a pangram, but Q is absent – instead, we have a Nina!… Continue reading

DT 27946

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27946

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a somewhat damp Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire where we’re doing a bit of grandparenting.

Giovanni was in benign mood today, and I rattled through in * time.… Continue reading

DT 27941

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27941

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 24th October 2015

It is a good job I quite enjoyed solving this crossword as I was called in as a last minute Saturday Hint Giver which means that I actually had to look at it three times – once to solve it, once to sort out some hints and finally to prepare this review.

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Toughie 1491

Toughie No 1491 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I enjoyed this puzzle which was of a nice standard for a Toughie. It felt like a 3* difficulty puzzle when I was solving it but my final time suggested it might merit 4 stars

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 27945

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27945

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. I have no doubt that the setter of today’s crossword is Ray T – the clues have all his trademarks and anyway it’s his week. I didn’t think that it was one of his trickier ones but, as always, I’m perfectly happy for any of you to disagree with me.… Continue reading

ST 2818

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2818

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 18th October 2015

Morning All! This one went in remarkably quickly for me and I usually prefer a stiffer test on a Sunday but the puzzle featured the usual fine constructions. Continue reading “ST 2818”

Toughie 1490

Toughie No 1490 by Messinae

Muscle-bound

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant puzzle which is not too tricky and which raised a few smiles. It would have been only ** for difficulty but there were two words that I didn’t know.… Continue reading