December 13, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2017) ~ Posted on

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2017)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2017 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.

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Toughie 1724 ~ Posted on

Toughie 1724 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Greetings, amigos.  Excalibur eases us into the Toughie week with a gentle romp full of cryptic definitions, anagrams and insertions.  The wordplay might be light and fluffy, but the overall tone feels rather dark. … Continue reading >

DT 28296 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28296

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

Hello everyone. Complementing yesterday’s puzzle, today we have a crossword that’s heavy on the charades and light on the anagrams. As I composed the hints I found myself writing “usual” over and over, and I recalled that cryptic clue ingredients only become “usual” once you’ve seen them a few times.… Continue reading >