January 2017 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28316

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28316

Hints and tips by Kath

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone from a rather chilly Oxford. This isn’t a Ray T crossword and I’m not going to make any wild guesses as to who the setter might be.… Continue reading

ST 100008

Christmas Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 100008

A full review by crypticsue

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on Sunday 25th December

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Perfect Christmas morning entertainment, with some very nice themed clues.   I’m going to select 13a, 4d, 6df and 15d for ‘special mention’

Continue reading “ST 100008”

Toughie 1737

Toughie No 1737 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Gazza

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

I’m not sure if it’s a deliberate policy to stiffen up the Toughies in 2017 but after yesterday’s trickier than usual Tuesday puzzle we have another today which I found harder than average for a Wednesday.… Continue reading

DT 28315

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28315

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our first post of 2017 so Happy New Year everyone.
Our Pohutukawa trees now have a carpet of red underneath them. Their spectacular Christmas display is only short-lived and the trees do not even observe the usual custom of waiting for Twelfth Night to remove their decorations.… Continue reading

Toughie 1736

Toughie 1736 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

 

Hi everyone, and a very warm welcome to a new year of Toughies.  Quite apart from crosswords, I wish you all the best for this coming year.  Looking back briefly, I will share with you Mr Kitty’s word cloud for the 2016 Toughie. … Continue reading

DT 28314

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28314

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2017. After searching for an adjective to describe today’s puzzle I settled on “solid”. It’s a typical Tuesday crossword, with enough straightforward clues to enable most solvers to get a foothold, along with a few that might require a little head-scratching.… Continue reading

Boatman & Friends in Conversation

Waterstones Brighton 19 January 2017

Ashley Knowles (Boatman) will be at Waterstones in Brighton from 7 pm on Thursday 19 January to host a rare joint appearance of Guardian Crossword Editor, Hugh Stephenson and John Halpern (Paul in the Guardian readers, Mudd in the Financial Times, Punk in the Independent and one of the panel of setters for the Times) to talk about the art, practice and future of crossword compiling and to answer your questions.… Continue reading

DT 28313

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28313

Hints and tips by Miffypops

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from the heart of Downtown LI. The party capital of rural Warwickshire.

Here are my predictions for 2017

  • Some people will die in 2017.
  • Women will wear silly hats but still look prettier than they do without hats.
Continue reading

ST 2880 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2880 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Continue reading