December 25, 2017 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 100009

Toughie No 100009 by proXimal

Bah Humbug!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I feel like Scrooge today.  I usually look forward to the Christmas, online only, Toughie but I found this to be a lack-lustre slog, unlike the Double Toughie which I have completed but am still trying to resolve some of the wordplay (is it me, or is the anagram in 4 Across flawed – I am missing an “O” and have a spare “I”?Continue reading

DT 100009

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100009

Hints and tips by Father Christmas

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Cor blimey me, as if I aven’t got enough to do this morning after me busiest night of the year. Them reindeer don’t look after themselves you know and Mrs Christmas wants her insatiability sorting if you know what I mean.… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers

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Big Dave and the team of bloggers would once again like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A special thank you to all the crossword setters, especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments on the blog, and to Phil McNeill on this, his last, Christmas as Editor and his team at Telegraph Puzzles. The New Year will see the transition of power to Chris Lancaster, the new Editor.

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