April 6, 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Telegraph Puzzles website – downtime

Advance Warning

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The Telegraph Puzzles website is going to be unavailable, due to essential maintenance, from midnight to 5 am BST on Tuesday 10th April (i.e. Monday night into Tuesday morning).

This means that we will have to wait to find out the identity of HALLESSI (see

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Toughie 1999

Toughie No 1999 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I don’t get to review many Toughies these days, but Dutch’s temporary absence has given me a chance.  I usually find proXimal’s puzzles to be challenging but unmemorable and sadly, for me, this one is no exception.… Continue reading

DT 28706

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28706

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where, after a beautiful day yesterday, the cloud has returned.

Nothing untoward from Giovanni this morning, with the usual fair cluing to enable solution of those clues requiring some General Knowledge.… Continue reading

DT 28701

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28701

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 31st March 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Lots of insertions and anagrams in this week’s Saturday Prize Puzzle, which falls to me to review as my lucky fellow weekend blogger has been spending a week in the Spanish sun.… Continue reading