April 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2897 (Hints) ~ Posted on

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2897 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, back home after spending the work week in Calfornia.

Another very enjoyable and very typical Sunday puzzle from Virgilius.  Once again, I thought he was in a benevolent frame of mind; half a dozen anagrams, a couple of double definitions, a single lurker, and that board game making another ‘appearance.’

My favourite is 1d.… Continue reading >

DT 28414 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28414 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning all!  BD and Mrs BD are among the jams and fruitcakes at the local village fete today, so I’m here with your hints.

Another fine puzzle for a Saturday with a couple of little head scratchers to sort out.  I’m guessing it’s Cephas today.  The puzzle doesn’t have too many anagrams which is a plus for me.  There is a typo in 18 down, in both newspaper and online versions,  with an L missing from one of the words in the clue. (now corrected on line!)  However, it’s obvious what the word should be and it doesn’t affect anything in the puzzle.

If you are still at a loose end, you can have a crack at my very own General Knowledge Jumbo puzzle which is featured today at the Independent website. See if you can work out the connection between the three specific answers. It’s one of my more devious links!

It’s here!    

http://puzzles.independent.co.uk/games/jumbo-general-knowledge-crossword-independent/#!201701

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.

Continue reading “DT 28414 (Hints)”

Toughie 1803 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1803 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A genuine toughie – this took me longer than the other three toughies this week combined! Uber-elegant clueing with trademark precision plus a hidden present of a Dutch masterpiece (thank you Notabilis!).… Continue reading >

DT 28413 ~ Posted on

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28413

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy, slightly damp Friday.

For some reason the puzzles website started the day listing this as DT 32455, rather than the 28413 which it ought to be.… Continue reading >

DT 28408 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28408

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 22nd April

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Morning All! – This one had a lot of anagrams that I looked at and wrote in (I tend to spot them quite well!) thus resulting in a time just in to the 2 start slot. Otherwise I found it a pretty fair Saturday puzzle. Continue reading “DT 28408”

Toughie 1802 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1802 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was another straightforward puzzle by Samuel that caused me no problems at all. After getting 15 across and 3 down I started looking for other Beatles-related answers but couldn’t find any.… Continue reading >

DT 28412 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28412

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/****Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. We’re now only four days away from May 1st which is celebrated in Oxford by the Magdalen College choir singing from the top of the tower at 6.00am followed by the bells ringing out over the city.… Continue reading >

Toughie 1801 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1801 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Firefly for a midweek Toughie that was pleasant enough and not ubertricky.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared with the puzzle and what you thought of it.… Continue reading >