November 2018 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 28906

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28906

Hints and tips by a twinkly Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Today is National Settle Down Monday. After the academic debate here on Friday night, the joy of finding a new female teenaged setter on Saturday and the histrionic hyperbole stirred up by the much tougher Sunday puzzles being set by Dada maybe we can all settle down today.… Continue reading

ST 2979 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2979 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Friday, we had a heatwave with a high of plus one degree and, in Marseille, Canada (finally) qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup overcoming Germany, Hong Kong, and Kenya in a round robin repechage  (I thought they only happened in rowing) and for their efforts they will be in Pool B with the All Blacks and Springboks.… Continue reading

DT 28905 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28905 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning all!

It’s the last Saturday of the month and while BD and Mrs BD go and ransack the Farmers’ Market, I’m here to look after things.

Today we have a puzzle that is rather on the gentle side, but has a couple of stings in the tail; it’s probably from one of the Mysterons. This should soothe brows after the steam generated over the puzzles yesterday. Some nice clues with a few favourites and one, I think, that should find favour with most people.

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.

I am off for an OU German tutorial at Manchester University, but will be around to arrange a trip to Matron for a dose of opening medicine for those who don’t play nicely.

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Toughie 2131 with different spoilers

Toughie No 2131 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This post is a version of the regular Toughie 2131 post that is using a different approach to the spoilers.  Please leave a comment outlining your experience with these spoilers – did they work?,Continue reading

Toughie 2131

Toughie No 2131 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 130th Telegraph Toughie, and that number features in a ghost theme. I did think that one-thirty sounded like a time, and I noticed the bottom row, but I had to phone a friend to put it all together (thanks Elgar).… Continue reading

DT 28904

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28904

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on yet another damp, misty morning.

I found today’s Giovanni to be quite challenging, with some of the bits of GK outside my comfort zone – the horse at 18d and the composer at 26a were both new to me.… Continue reading

DT 28899

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28899

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 17th November 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Morning All! This puzzle was a slightly stiffer solver for a usual Saturday and all the better for it in my opinion.

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Toughie 2130

Toughie No 2130 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I’m pushed for time today so I was glad that solving this puzzle didn’t detain me long. It helps to know your phonetic alphabet today

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