January 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1752

Toughie 1752 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****


As Big Dave’s Crossword Blog enters its ninth year, we start the Toughie week with what I think is a well-pitched puzzle for this slot.  I’m somewhat bleary-eyed and not very bushy-tailed, having struggled to catch up on sleep, and as such I was immensely grateful for a much fluffier puzzle than I was expecting. … Continue reading

DT 28338

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28338

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

Hello everyone. Today I needed a dash of electronic help to get the grid filled and the hints written before the blog submission deadline. I’m not sure if that’s because my head is still fuzzy from flying all over the world recently, or if it’s an indication that this is a tougher puzzle than we’ve had on recent Tuesdays.… Continue reading

DT 28337

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28337

Hints and tips by mercurial Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Thanks to all who turned in to Saturday’s get together. A good time was had by all. Thanks in no particular order to:

  • Jean Luc Cheval who brought goodies for all and some individual gifts too.  
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ST 2884 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2884 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all

How-doo from a sunny and slightly frosty Warrington!

It was a nice day yesterday with some lovely guests, fabulous cakes and macarons and good convivial fun.  A slightly messy journey home last night made me decidedly grumpy but the beauty of the day has restored by bonhomie!… Continue reading

DT 28336 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28336 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the 07:19 Virgin Pendolino hurtling from Warrington to London, we are running 13 minutes late due to Wigan, nothing specific, just the place.  I’m looking after things for the weekend so I’ll be here tomorrow as well, while BD is having a nice weekend off.

Looking forward to catching up with chums old and new and it should be a grand do.  I have a little surprise for everyone there, not as good as lemon drizzle cake, which I hope will be putting in an appearance as well.

This was a fairly straightforward run today, I’m guessing set by our regular Saturday supremo rather than by Mr Ron.  I was wrong!  It is by Mr Ron!

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 1751

Toughie No 1751 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

It feels like a Sparks puzzle has been overdue, but this was worth the wait. Plenty of fun clues to keep you amused before you get ready to come to Big Dave’s party in London.… Continue reading