December 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1526

Toughie No 1526 by Micawber

That Was The Year That Was (Yet Again)

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

I think this is the first time I’ve had to blog one of Micawber’s annual reviews of the year and what a pleasure it is.… Continue reading

DT 27998

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27998

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja from where I have the honour of blogging the last back pager of the year.  As you might expect there are a few clues relevant to the occasion but for me they rather spoiled things as their answers were so obvious.  The rest of the puzzle is pretty good though.

Before going on to the hints may I wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all setters, bloggers, commenters and lurkers.  Feliz Año as they say around here.

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Toughie 1525

Toughie No 1525 by Kcit

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

As is traditional, Gazza kindly offered me the chance to do an on the day Toughie review while I am on my Christmas/New Year break from work.   This time the email inviting me to do so came with the ‘rule’ that I had to decide before the setter’s name went up on the website.   After checking the list to see who might be  due to make an appearance in the middle of the paper, I said ‘yes please’ and so here I am with my thoughts on this Kcit Toughie.

The crossword didn’t take long to solve and my only hold up was deciding whether my explanation of 1d was what our setter intended.   All my test solving of cryptic crosswords has definitely made me more conscious of the spread  of clue types in each crossword I solve – did anyone else notice that there are ten clues requiring you to remove a letter (in most cases, an initial letter) in order to obtain their solutions??

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DT 27997

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27997

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Our thoughts go out to all of you who are affected by the weather conditions that are making the news here. Meanwhile, since before Christmas, we have been having gloriously fine summer weather. Temperatures in the mid twenties and clear blue skies just at the time when the whole country is on holiday.
Jay has increased the difficulty a little from last week we thought, and is as enjoyable as ever.

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Toughie 1524

Toughie No 1524 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

This was a quite a gentle and certainly an enjoyable start to the short post-Xmas week. Excuse the belated review.

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DT 27996

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27996

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Wonders will never cease – the sun’s shining and there’s no rain this morning here in North Devon. I hope the same applies in those areas of the North of England which have been devastated by flooding and that those suffering there will be able to return to normal as soon as possible.… Continue reading

DT 27995

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27995

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning one and all. My heartfelt good wishes to you all especially if you are affected by floodwaters. Although our river levels came well up, they did not threaten us and seem to be stable today with no rain forecast.… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100007

Double Toughie No 100007

Enigma Variations by Elgar

Friends Dropping Round for Christmas

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

Season’s Greetings from a wet Warrington! Merry Christmas to you all and here’s Elgar’s annual seasonal offering which is probably one of his more accessible puzzles.… Continue reading

ST 2828 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2828 (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