December 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2932 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2932 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning and a Very Happy New Year to all (setters, fellow bloggers, regular commenters, and lurkers alike) from Winnipeg – forget Alberta Clippers and Colorado Lows, for over a week, most of Canada has been ‘enjoying’ the effects of a Polar Vortex, which has even reached down to parts of Texas and other southern US states, bringing in very cold weather from Siberia; yesterday when I peeped out from under the covers the temperature was -34ºC (-44ºC with wind chill) and the maximum temperature for the day (ha-ha) was -29ºC (-39ºC with wind chill).… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100009

Double Toughie No 100009
Behind You! Behind You!!

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

This puzzle can be found on the puzzles site as Giant General Knowledge No. 100,009 and its solution as Giant General Knowledge number 1,100,009.  This information can be found in the message titled “2017 Christmas Day puzzles and closing dates”. … Continue reading

DT 28623 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28623 (Hints)

The 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.  There are 30 clues in the average crossword puzzle and I have provided hints for around half of them – if you need help with any of the others, just ask.

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Toughie 1943

Toughie No 1943 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Well, the last toughie of the year. As in previous years, Micawber gives us an “end-of-year” toughie packed with clever references to happenings during 2017 – and what a year it has been.… Continue reading

DT 28622

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28622

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a soggy South Staffs. All the Christmas visitors departed yesterday, and suddenly the house seems very quiet.

Giovanni will test your knowledge of elderly comics and Victorian horse-drawn transport today, but as usual the wordplay will enable you to find the answer.… Continue reading

DT 28618

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28618

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd December 2017

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

Quite a few seasonal references, as we’ve come to expect on the Saturday before Christmas. Lots of double definitions, anagrams and ‘putting something after something later in the clue’.… Continue reading

Toughie 1942

Toughie No 1942 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pleasant enough puzzle to end the Thursday Toughie year. I was held up for a while in the NE corner but there was nothing particularly difficult

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 28621

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28621

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. I’m not in any doubt that this is a Ray T crossword as it has all his trademark clues although it’s a bit short on innuendo.… Continue reading

ST 2930

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2930

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 17th December 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Morning All! – Another very fast solve (an opinion shared by many on the day) but once again there were some superbly crafted clues.

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