October 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28259

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28259

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I do sometimes wish I could write these hints as succinctly as Deep Threat does on Fridays but I cannot so you are stuck with my verbosity (verbal diarrhoea) 

The hints and tips below may or may not help you to solve or understand today’s puzzle.… Continue reading

ST 2872 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2872 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!

I gather a good day was had in York and there may be one or two sore heads this morning.  We’ll no doubt see the evidence a bit later.

Here we are with the Sunday challenge and it was a bit harder than usual today from our Sunday Setter.  … Continue reading

DT 28258 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28258 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning, back for another weekend while the troops are partying like its 1999.  The gang is up in York celebrating Elgar’s birthday so here’s hoping they have a great day.

I found this a bit of an odd puzzle with a number of answers going in and I really had no idea how they worked until I sat for a while and thought about it.  I’m never sure that’s the sign of a good puzzle.

Do let us know how you felt about the puzzle.  I will be at work for part of the morning keeping Ombudsman Services ticking over.  I am sure the lovely Crypticsue will be popping in and keeping a watchful eye on things.  I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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 1699

Toughie No 1699 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An excellent pangram from Notabilis with a nice Nina as well. This puzzle oozes exact clueing as usual, with lovely definitions and brilliant penny-drop moments. All very, very tidy – a work of art.… Continue reading

DT 28257

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28257

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Sheriff Hutton, near York, where we’re visiting family, and also conveniently placed for the Sloggers and Betters meeting tomorrow.

One unusual word, and a part of one wordplay which was a new word for me, but otherwise nothing particularly difficult about today’s Giovanni.… Continue reading

DT 28252

Daily Telegraph No 28246

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 22nd October 2016

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

Solved on the High Speed Train to London, while trying not to eavesdrop on the interesting conversation of three young American ladies over here on a year abroad as part of their degree studies.  This is probably the main reason why the puzzle took a smidgeon longer than my usual time to solve.

I can confidently thank a/the Saturday Mysteron for the crossword, as a chat with Cephas (Peter Chamberlain, who was in the First Preliminary of the Finals with me) confirmed that not only had he set the previous Saturday’s Prize Puzzle, but that we will have one of his puzzles to solve in the morning.

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Toughie 1698

Toughie 1698 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****


Hello and welcome everybody.  Bufo isn’t here this week so you’re stuck with me again. The last time he was away I stepped in and found myself with a Firefly puzzle to blog. … Continue reading

DT 28256

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28256

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. Today’s crossword has put me into a bit of a dither. I was expecting it to be a Ray T and I’m not convinced that it is.… Continue reading