February 21, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Help to save the Indy Cryptic puzzles

Many of you will read of the Independent’s plans to produce an online, rather than print edition.  At the time of writing, it is not clear where this leaves their crossword.

Under Mike Hutchinson’s editorship, a great many of Big Dave’s NTSPP setters have gone on to get their first published break, and losing this valuable resource would most certainly limit the options for newer setters to break into the field.… Continue reading

MPP 045 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 045

February 2016

A Puzzle by Radler

The instructions for this puzzle were:

All except one 28ac may be found in the completed grid (as whole or partial solutions). What is the missing member of the set?

 Congratulations to Dutch who found eleven of the Houses of the Zodiac in the solutions.   The missing one is Aquarius – the Water Carrier – the Radler Award for Particularly Observant Solvers goes to Beet for noticing the other water carrier at 15d

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ST 2836 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2836 (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