November 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1717 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1717 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The difficulty you have with this puzzle (which is a pangram) probably depends on how good your knowledge is of gardeners, singers, novelists, actresses, mathematicians and diplomats. In spite of the excessive number of proper names I thought it was fairly gentle for Osmosis.… Continue reading

DT 28285 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28285

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa. 
Here’s something for those who enjoy Googling places. Carol has just spent a few days on Matiu/Somes Island with a group of friends. This small island is right in the middle of Wellington harbour and has spent much of its history being a human or animal quarantine station and some as a war-time internment camp.… Continue reading

Toughie 1716 ~ Posted on

Toughie 1716 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A warm welcome to you all from a chilly but sunny Surrey.  After a week where I had to provide imaginative pictures, followed by one when I feared I may have to present hints in a similarly imaginary way, Big Dave has provided us with a reminder of the adage that good things come to those who wait. … Continue reading

DT 28284 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28284

Hints and tips by Senf

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I am delighted to welcome our regular commenter Senf to the blogging team.  BD


A few weeks ago, when Mr Kitty was being ‘volunteered,’ I was ‘volunteering.’ Although, having served Her Majesty for 24 years, where the mantra was ‘never volunteer for anything’ my sanity might be in question.… Continue reading

DT 28283 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28283

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good day from the very centre of Downtown L I on a crisp bright sunny morning . Your blogger found today’s offering from Rufus to be a little trickier than usual but as usual the more checking letters we have the easier the clues that are left are to solve.… Continue reading

ST 2876 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2876 (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.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Continue reading

DT 28282 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28282 (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 1715 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1715 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A challenging offer from Sparks with some fun clueing. Sparks invariably has a Nina and I’m struggling to find one. The best I’ve got so far is a crossover in rows 3 and 5, perhaps there is more.… Continue reading