March 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 425

NTSPP – 425

A Puzzle by Snape

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DT 28701 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28701 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Big Dave is suffering from hard disk problems currently so any blame for the inadequacies of today’s hints should be directed at me. 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 1995

Toughie No 1995 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I always enjoy a Notabilis – everything is so tidy and accurate, with precise definitions nicely worked into the surfaces. The pangram helped to correct the answer I’d originally bunged in for 25a.… Continue reading

DT 28700

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28700

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this Good Friday, where the weather is wearing a suitably penitential aspect.

Giovanni has provided us with a crossword appropriate for the day, but either the master has slipped up, or there has been a glitch in the editorial process, in that the definition in 20d in the paper (and online at the time I solved the puzzle) is, in my view, incorrect.… Continue reading

DT 28695

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28695

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 24th March 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Not often on a Saturday that it helped to ‘start with the Downs’ but that was my experience with this particular crossword

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

Toughie 1994

Toughie No 1994 by Artix

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It’s a new setter in Toughieland today and I must admit to having had difficulty getting on the right wavelength. But it all worked out fine in the end and I enjoyed the challenge.… Continue reading

ST 2943

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2943

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 18th March 2018

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

Virgilius in really devious mode – but the usual high level of entertainment. My favourite was 25a but I have a long list of also-rans which were so nearly chosen for the honour

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

DT 28699

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28699

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where warm spring temperatures combined with a few days of light rain are rapidly depleting the snow cover.

About all I will venture to say about today’s puzzle is that it is definitely not a RayT creation.… Continue reading

Toughie 1993

Toughie No 1993 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

There’s nothing too obscure from Giovanni today, though I’d not come across the particular form of the desert traveller before. Thanks to him for the pleasant puzzle (I hope he saw Brendan’s tribute to him in Monday’s Guardian).… Continue reading

DT 28698

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28698

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
 

Both home again so normal blogging team once more.  We’re looking forward to Easter when some of our family will be coming to stay for a few days which is always a pleasure.… Continue reading