November 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27972

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27972

Hints and tips by Miffypops. A good egg.

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Today’s puzzle is by Rufus. We know that because Rufus always sets the Monday puzzle and his style is consistent. Mondays puzzles are a gentle start to the puzzling week but they can contain a sting in their tail.… Continue reading

ST 2824 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2824 (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 27971 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27971 (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 1508

Toughie No 1508 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This took me double normal toughie time but in retrospect I should have seen a lot of it much earlier – others may get the personalities more quickly than I did, which already gives you the perimeter.… Continue reading

DT 27970

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27970

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Good morning from South Staffs where a bit of sun is breaking through the dark November clouds.

A few archaic words, and at least one which is probably not in one’s everyday vocabulary, tell us without looking that it’s Friday and this is by Giovanni.… Continue reading

DT 27965

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27965

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 21st November 2015

Took me a teeny bit longer than usual on a Saturday but any puzzle that includes the wonderful word in 14a is fine by me.

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Toughie 1507

Toughie No 1507 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This was very nearly a read-and-write puzzle for me so I can’t give it more than one star for difficulty. I trust that other people had a similar experience

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DT 27969

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27969

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where autumn has really set in. By that I mean it’s cold and sunny rather than hot and sunny, but very windy this morning.

We certainly have a RayT today as it has all his trademarks of short clues, single word answers, a bit of innuendo and Her Majesty is on parade too. Apart from a couple of slightly stretched synonyms this is Ray in fairly benign mood. Unusually for him there are six anagrams and the two long ones across the middle give plenty of checkers. I think even the RayTphobes among you should get on OK today.

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