October 2018 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2117 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2117 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is a pretty gentle but enjoyable puzzle which shouldn’t take solvers too long, giving them plenty of time to carve their pumpkins. Thanks to Messinae.

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DT 28884 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28884

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a cold but sunny Downtown LI. I am standing in for The Two Kiwis today as Kiwi Colin has been away in India. Hopefully we have some nice photos to look at when they make their welcome return next week.… Continue reading

Cloudflare – 31-10-2018 ~ Posted on

Update – 01-11-2018

Well, it was good while it lasted.  The gremlins hit this afternoon, so the site is now back under the protection of Cloudflare!


In an attempt to resolve the current problems with caching I have changed the site so that it no longer uses Cloudflare.  It takes up to 24 hours for this change to propagate through the internet. … Continue reading

Toughie 2116 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2116 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Kitty is busy today, but she’ll be back blogging the Notabilis on Friday – we’ve just swapped. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged a Giovanni. I knew only one of the islands today but I had come across everything else previously.… Continue reading

DT 28883 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28883

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  Today we have a solid, enjoyable puzzle that I thought was just right for the Tuesday back-page slot.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions.

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DT 28882 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28882

Hints and tips by photogenic Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Downtown LI. In MPs absence the village have unveiled a new War Memorial to commemorate those who fell during the first and second world wars.… Continue reading

ST 2975 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2975 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, yesterday, we completed the suite of November weather in October with FOG!

With the usual superlatives, Virgilius is somewhat benevolent this week, but a couple of clues required a little head scratching, for solving and hinting – about average for anagrams, two lurkers, and one partial homophone.… Continue reading