January 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2169

Toughie No 2169 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I emerged from hibernation to do battle with the Toughie and found it to be a puzzle of two halves. The right-hand side went in with little difficulty but then I struggled with the left-hand side which seemed to contain more than its fair share of less familiar words.… Continue reading

DT 28962

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28962

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja on a pleasantly warm (for late January) RayThursday.  At least I’m pretty sure it is he as all the usual signs are here, short clues, Her Majesty on parade and a bit of innuendo by way of a love affair, a misbehaving husband and Rose gripping a large chopper.  I thought it was going to be a tad tricky as I only got four of the acrosses on first pass but then eleven of the downs came to the rescue so it turned out to be OK.  As usual with a RayT puzzle I enjoyed the challenge and  I’ll be interested to see what you all thought of it. 
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ST 2987

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2987

A full review by crypticsue

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

Back to the sort of crossword from Dada that it would be nice to see in the middle of the paper on a Tuesday (which seems to be the day for one of his ‘toughies’ to appear)

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Toughie 2168

Toughie No 2168 by Jed

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

When (to universal sorrow) Virgilius announced that he was giving up the Sunday Prize slot he said that he would continue to contribute to the Telegraph on an ad hoc basis.… Continue reading

DT 28961

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28961

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A few days ago our news reports were full of a heat wave that was causing problems in Australia. Since then the weather system has crossed the Tasman Sea and we are copping it. Yesterday was an absolute scorcher with temperatures into the mid thirties.… Continue reading

Toughie 2167

Toughie No 2167 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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


Hello all.  I thought today’s Toughie a little trickier than the usual Tuesday, but that could well be down to being tired after a week of fun in London and having to get up at silly o’clock this morning.

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DT 28960

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28960

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****


Hello, everyone.  Apologies for the bare-bones blog today, but I must catch an early flight.  If the plane has Wi-Fi I should be back later to upload some pictures and fix any typos.  [Edit circa 6PM :  illustrations now added.  Hope everyone likes cats].

Thanks to all 117 of you who contributed thoughts and well-wishes for the 10th Birthday Bash through several recent Tuesday blogs.  The response was so huge that making a card was out of the question, so instead at the bash I gave BD a book containing all your contributions.  You can download a PDF of that book by clicking here.

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DT 28959

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28959

Hints and tips by a Zippy Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to those who made the trip to Little Venice on Saturday for the blog’s tenth birthday bash. We had a great day meeting old friends and making new ones.… Continue reading