November 20, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

MPP 054 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 054

November 2016

A Puzzle by Phibs

Two men who share a profession both need her to be found.

Identify them and put their surnames in the box


This crossword put up quite a fight but eventually I solved it all, saw where Nina fitted at the bottom of the grid and then had the biggest d’oh moment when I saw how she fitted in at the top.   Two famous books are revealed – Three Men in a Boat and Anna Karenina and so the surnames we needed to put ‘in the box’ were the authors (sharing the profession of writing) of the two works – Jerome and Tolstoy.

Thank you to Mrs BD for her assistance in drawing the winner  from the electronic ‘hat’ – many congratulations to R C Teuton  –  I hope he enjoys his prize of a Daily Telegraph puzzle book.

Thanks to Phibs for the challenge – writing the review I certainly appreciated some lovely surface readings.


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ST 2875 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2875 (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