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

ST 2835

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2835

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday 14th February 2016

Afternoon All! Apologies for the delay – I had PC problems late last night and my work laptop was on site. This was a typical Virgilius puzzle and very enjoyable.

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Toughie 1557

Toughie No 1557 by Kcit

Ton-up Time

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

For reasons which are beyond me the online puzzles site is unable to display ‘special instructions’ or additional information about a puzzle, so online solvers will have missed the message in the paper which says “Congratulations to today’s compiler on his 100th Telegraph Toughie”.… Continue reading

DT 28045

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28045

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Our news and our thoughts are focused on the people of Fiji. A few days ago they had a direct hit from a strength 5 cyclone. The most intense one ever recorded in this part of the world. It caused widespread devastation and only now, as people are able to make contact with more remote areas, is the true extent of the damage becoming apparent. Some of our family lived there for several years and we have visited a few times so we have a special feeling for the Fijians.
At home our summer continues much as we have been reporting lately with the beautiful weather still with us.
Jay in his inimitable good form once again today.

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Toughie 1556

Toughie No 1556 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I did this late last night in a tired and distracted state, which may explain both ratings. As always, a quirky puzzle from Excalibur with a mix of fun and bamboozlement. Apologies for the lack of images but I haven’t been able to upload them today for some reason.
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DT 28044

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28044

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s little to make the horses bolt today as it’s all pretty straightforward, although one cricket term may be new to some. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 28043

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28043

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

A very happy eighty-fourth birthday to today’s setter, Roger Squires, from all of us at Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

Our Monday morning maestro
Has once again compiled
A gentle charming puzzle
Which leaves us quite beguiled

There are anagrams to please us
And chestnuts of tradition
And also here to tease us
Are some double definitions

We have clever surface readings
That mislead and confuse
And words that might be hidden
Or reversed within these clues

As you wrestle with this puzzle
From this man who never tires
Please join me in saying
Happy birthday Roger Squires

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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