February 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28049

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28049

Hints and tips by Miffypops and Saint Sharon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the frosty but sunny heart of Downtown LI. Your poorly educated little orphan boy is sat sitting here with an empty page, a completed puzzle and a glow of warm contentment following England’s win on Saturday.… Continue reading

We have lift off!

Update:
The resources allocated to the site have been significantly increased and it is “so far so good”. Let’s hope it stays that way as it has been another very frustrating day.

Welcome to the new server.  There are still a few teething problems, but they should be ironed out over the next few days.

Because of the problems I have postponed this week’s Rookie puzzle until further notice.

ST 2837 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2837 (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 28048 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27048 (Hints)

Big Dave's Saturday Crossword Club

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I am hoping to be able to move the website to a new server tonight, which should solve many of the recent performance problems.  This will mean that the site will be unavailable for several hours while the data is moved and the server address is updated.  This should start at about 9:00 pm tonight and be complete by early Sunday morning.

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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 1559

Toughie No 1559 by Elgar

I’ll huff and I’ll puff…

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

The long-awaited first Elgar Toughie for 2016 brings us a lovely themed crossword with the  level of difficulty we expect from him, and always hope for in a Toughie,  particularly on a Friday. Continue reading “Toughie 1559”

DT 28047

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28047

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, with a dry, bright start to the day.

A good many longish words today, some of them a little uncommon, plus the usual bits of general knowledge and Scripture allusions, but I found it reasonably straightforward.… Continue reading

DT 28042

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28042

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 20th February 2016

Morning All! I found the last few clues in this quite tricky, with the dance and the dowry requiring electronic help. All in all there was some fun to be had in solving though.

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Toughie 1558

Toughie No 1558 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

The SE corner went in fairly quickly and the NE and SW corners yielded without too many problems. The NW corner proved somewhat more difficult and the time spent getting 1 across and 7 down (where the checking letters were not very helpful) caused me to give the extra half star for difficulty

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

DT 28046

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28046

Hints and tips by Shropshirelad

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

Good Morning from a clear and frosty Shropshire, brrr. Today’s puzzle is definitely not by Ray T as he is in ‘Toughie’ mode and this contains none of his trademark clueing.… Continue reading