January 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1961 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1961 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s unusual to get a Giovanni on a Wednesday and I found this one fairly straightforward until I reached the SW corner where two new (to me) words awaited and it’s that corner which pushed my difficulty rating up to three.… Continue reading >

DT 28650 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28650

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.     

Schools are getting started this week so for much of the population the holiday season in over. On our regular walks now most of the people we greet are also locals and the ones who could be called grockles, or emmets in the SW of your nation, (two words we have learnt from crossword puzzles) have now departed.… Continue reading >

Toughie 1960 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1960 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome.  The sun is shining above the clouds and Warbler has provided a puzzle to ease us into the Toughie swing of things with nothing too spiky. … Continue reading >

DT 28649 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28649

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to an enjoyable Tuesday back-page puzzle.  I found this more straightforward than recent Tuesdays, so I have lowered the difficulty rating to a below-average 2*.… Continue reading >

DT 28648 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28648

Hints and tips by Miffypops Gwarn Cov.

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good Morning. I hope you are all well. This puzzle should be by Dada today. It is full of wit and sparkly clues. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.… Continue reading >

ST 2936 (Hints) ~ Posted on

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2936 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – the weather continues to confuse, now there is not enough snow for the winter festival that starts in a couple of weeks, but it will definitely be cold enough.… Continue reading >

DT 28647 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28647 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Mr K

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Hello, everyone.  I’m standing in for BD today while he’s busy leading the blog’s ninth birthday celebration.

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 >

Toughie 1959 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1959 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A clear blue sky in Macclesfield, an Elkamere to blog, and then a train to London where I hope I will see many of you at Big Dave’s Birthday Bash.… Continue reading >