January 2016 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28021

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28021

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

As we are writing this, our guests to whom we said farewell a few hours ago, will be on the ferry crossing Cook Strait and threading their way through the labyrinthine passages of the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. It has been wonderful having them with us and we are missing them already. But back to the matter in hand and today’s Jay puzzle.  We thought it was quite tricky with the NE corner the last to yield and, as we found it harder than average, have given it four stars for difficulty to match the enjoyment rating.

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Toughie 1540

Toughie No 1540 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A surreal treat from Excalibur: no fewer than 16 definition clues (cryptic, straight-plus-cryptic, or double-straight), a playful parallelism, and a shapely trio. Plus the obligatory Yoda-isms (but only two, despite the Space Invaders motif  in the grid).  Continue reading “Toughie 1540”

DT 28020

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28020

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a pretty straightforward puzzle from one of the Tuesday Mysterons. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.

If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’… Continue reading

DT 28019

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28019

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning from a dreary Downtown LI. We have a typical Rufus puzzle here today and I don’t think my hints will be much needed. I hope to see a good few of you at The Bridge House pub on Saturday for the Blog’s Birthday bash.… Continue reading

ST 2832 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2832 (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 28018 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27018 (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 1539

Toughie No 1539 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Solid and fun puzzle from Notabilis – the top half went in reasonably well and a few spicy bits in the bottom half slowed me down, but it still yielded in normal toughie time.… Continue reading

DT 28017

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28017

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, rainy morning.

A few bits of General Knowledge needed today, and one or two slightly unusual words, but otherwise I found Giovanni’s puzzle reasonably straightforward.… Continue reading