December 15, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1726

Toughie No 1726 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle that wasn’t all that difficult. It was only the last few pesky four-letter answers that pushed me into the 3* difficulty zone. There are several double definitions (and one triple definition) but everything was gettable without any research being needed.… Continue reading

DT 28298

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28298

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s Thursday, it’s my turn to blog and it’s a RayT day which almost makes up for the fact it’s raining (yet again!).  I’m beginning to think that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the Vega Baja!

It’s pretty normal stuff from RayT including a couple of lurkers, a first letters clue and a few bits of innuendo but, at least for me. it didn’t quite reach the normal enjoyment level.  There are six anagrams to get you started so I don’t think we’ll have as many negative comments as usual.

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ST 2877

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2877

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 4th December

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment *****


The perfect start to a sunny, extremely frosty, Sunday morning – all solved and the draft review typed before my friend and Elsie her cairn terrier were ready for us to go for our usual constitutional, thus leaving me plenty of time for a long list of early December ‘things to do at the weekend’ 

I know Kath won’t like it, but why can’t we have a favourite Across clue and a favourite Down clue?  – this week 1a and 1d both have very big stars by them, and I really can’t choose between them for top place


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