January 2017 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28335

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28335

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

I finished in ** time again this week, but I suspect that some may find today’s Giovanni harder than that.… Continue reading

DT 28330

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28330

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 21st January

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Pretty standard fare for a Saturday prize puzzle, I thought, and not much to trouble. This was slap in the middle of two star difficulty for me.

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Toughie 1750

Toughie No 1750 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Thanks to Dada for another genuinely tough and enjoyable puzzle. It didn’t turn out as difficult as I thought it would after I made a very slow start

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1a    Heavy 24?… Continue reading

ST 2882

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2882

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 15th January

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

Morning All!. This one just wandered into 3-star difficulty for me but was enjoyable as always.

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DT 28334

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28334

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where the weather is acting like a yo-yo — bouncing from one extreme to the other. Overall, I suppose the averages may be normal but we never seem to have an “average” day.… Continue reading

Toughie 1749

Toughie No 1749 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I was pleasantly surprised by this one and enjoyed it. The **/*** rating for difficulty is because I stared at my last clue (20a) for some time before the penny dropped with a great clang, otherwise it would have been just **.… Continue reading

DT 28333

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28333

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is hard to find anything positive to say about the weather we have been having during the last week. It has been cold wet and windy.… Continue reading

Toughie 1748

Toughie 1748 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all – once again hailing from South Kensington, which is a little less sunny that it was a week ago (though not, at the time of writing, hailing).  … Continue reading

DT 28332

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28332

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone. I found today’s offering to be a step up in difficulty from yesterday’s crossword, although in hindsight it’s hard to see exactly why. Could just be that wavelength thing.… Continue reading

DT 28331

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28331

Hints and tips by an apologetic Miffypops (Sorry Mr Kitty)

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I found this to be the easiest of easy crossword puzzles. Rufus has never given me too much trouble but I cannot remember a crossword of his that has been solved so quickly before.… Continue reading