October 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1908

Toughie No 1908 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hellooo-ooo-oooo!  Welcome to the spooky side of the blog hosted by Scaredy Kitty and featuring a Terrifying Toughie Teaser by Giovanni.  I’ve let loose a few spirits: do come to the party!… Continue reading

DT 28572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28572

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  While the Americanisation of October 31 is being suitably recognized over on the Toughie blog, here the date is cause for a more personal celebration, because today marks the one-year anniversary of my first nervous ascent to the blogging chair. … Continue reading

Solving Experience Survey Results

Results of the Survey on Solving Times, Use of Aids, & Ratings

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Mr Kitty here.  A big thank you to the 352 solvers who filled out my survey on their experience with last Tuesday’s back-page puzzle, DT 28566.  Extra thanks to those who left insightful comments under Question 6. … Continue reading

DT 28571

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28571

Hints and tips by Double Bubble Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from the sunny heart of Downtown LI. As today is National Checklist Day I have compiled a checklist for you all to follow.

Solve today’s offering from Rufus
Solve the Rookie Corner puzzle set by yours truly MP

Once you have ticked off these items you can have fun for the rest of the day.… Continue reading

ST 2923 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2923 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – some wild, even wintry weather this week – as shown by my car on Thursday morning – with more in the forecast.

A typically excellent Virgilius in which he has, once again, been quite tricky with some good misdirection and obfuscation.… Continue reading

DT 28570 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28570 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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 1907

Toughie No 1907 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another excellent puzzle by Elkamere which was a joy to solve and blog. By the time you read this I’ll have left for the sloggers and betters meeting in York – I hope to see many of you there.… Continue reading

DT 28569

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28569

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on the last Friday before the clocks go back.

There are a couple of bits of GK which may slow solvers down if they are unfamiliar to the solver, but otherwise a perfectly fair set of clues from Giovanni this morning.… Continue reading