January 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2833 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Difficulty *** / Enjoyment ****

Morning everyone.  After a lovely day yesterday surrounded by the great and the good, it’s back to business today with the Sunday Puzzle by Brian and it is to be fair a little tougher than yesterday’s Daily, but no less enjoyable, and packed with clues that are always fair.… Continue reading

DT 28024 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28024 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the 07:19 from Warrington.  The Saturday Club is having a day out en route to London for a special day out.  Big Dave was leaving me to babysit things and I decided if you can’t beat them, join them! … Continue reading

Toughie 1543

Toughie No 1543 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A cracking puzzle from Osmosis to end the week – I enjoyed this thoroughly, especially the definitions. It took me not too much over normal Toughie time. By the time you read this I’ll be on a train – see you all tomorrow!… Continue reading

DT 28023

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28023

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the wind is howling round the house.

I found today’s Giovanni pangram quite difficult, with the last couple of four-letter answers pushing my time well towards the top of my *** difficulty range.… Continue reading

DT 28018

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28018

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 23rd January 2016

Morning All! This was almost a write-in apart from about 3 clues. There were a few amusing and elegant clues in there so I did enjoy it upon reviewing.

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Toughie 1542

Toughie No 1542 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A reasonably interesting puzzle of below average difficulty

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 28022

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28022

Hints and tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Good morning from deepest, darkest Shropshire (actually it’s quite bright) and a Very Happy 7th Birthday to the blog. Congratulations to BD for devising and maintaining this site for all budding cruciverbalists and establishing a forum for like-minded people to exchange views.… Continue reading

ST 2831

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2831

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 17th January 2016

Morning All! This was a ** Territory for difficulty. There were some lovely constructions and surface readings for me which made it a deffo **** for enjoyment.

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Toughie 1541

Toughie No 1541 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant puzzle of about the right level of difficulty for a midweek Toughie. Anagram lovers will be disappointed that Kcit appears to be following Beam’s lead in cutting down on them.… Continue reading