December 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28312 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28312 (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 1735

Toughie No 1735 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

Many thanks Micawber for a magnificent end-of-year toughie, in which all the surface readings are references to 2016 headlines – a remarkable achievement that makes for a highly enjoyable solve.… Continue reading

DT 28311

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28311

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold, foggy morning.

The last Giovanni of 2016, and still in fairly gentle post-Christmas mood, though there were a couple of answers which eluded me on the first pass.… Continue reading

DT 28306

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28306

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 24th December

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

 If you like cryptic definition clues and are fond of an anagram, this Christmas Eve offering would have suited you down to the ground.   I’ll just say that it did make typing the explanations more than a little repetitive!

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Toughie 1734

Toughie No 1734 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I think that too much food and too much beer (if that’s possible) must have taken their toll because I struggled with some of this. For me it was a puzzle of two halves separated by the NE-SW diagonal.… Continue reading

DT 28310

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28310

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I hope you’ve all managed to survive the festive season with less of a hangover than me.  That’s what you get if you go to Benidorm for four days!  … Continue reading

ST 2879

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2879

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 18th December

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

 

Straightforward and full of things for those of us who enjoy this time of year.

 

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Double Toughie 100008

Double Toughie No 100008
An Arrangement for 3 and 14 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,008 and the solution can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,008

From clues to the eight answers entered in cells shaded grey, a consecutive arrangement of the (3-7 inclusive) letters of one member of a thematic octet must be removed before solving.… Continue reading

Toughie 1733

Toughie No 1733 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

We’re now into Crimbo Limbo, the hiatus between waving farewell to the last scrap of turkey and the breaking of the first New Year’s resolution, so many solvers should have plenty of leisure time to tackle the Toughie – this one, however, shouldn’t take very long at all.… Continue reading