March 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2997 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2997 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Spring is trying to establish itself but not without the occasional wintry feature returning briefly.

Dada has given us benevolence in the East, not so much in the West, with more than a handful of anagrams, with some strange indicators, one lurker, and three homophones!… Continue reading

DT 29012 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29012 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington.

Had a lovely day yesterday celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first puzzle by our very own Elgar.  A small group of us gathered at a very nice pub-restaurant in York and toasted Mr H’s achievement.  Yesterday’s post does give you a chance to tackle that first puzzle, set when he was a mere stripling at the age of 15.  There is a picture of the gathering in there as well and I feel sure a certain other lady will share some too.

It’s the last Saturday, and the boss is off to market, so I’m here to guide you with some hints for today’s challenge.  If pressed, I would guess today’s puzzle is by our long-standing Mysteron.    Some lovely penny-drop moments, and just about the right level of difficulty for a Saturday puzzle.  Lots of favourite clues to make you smile and overall, a good workout.  The grid is slightly less helpful as there is only one entry into each section.  I have provided a hint to each of those.


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Toughie 2202

Toughie No 2202 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I enjoyed this – I much prefer proXimal when he is not as his most devious.

Definitions underlined as usual. The hints are intended to explain how the wordplay works, and you can reveal the answers by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.… Continue reading

DT 29011

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29011

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a beautifully sunny spring day.

I found no particular problems with today’s Giovanni, and completed it in ** time.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined.… Continue reading

DT 29006

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29006

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd March 2019

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

One of those very wordy crosswords that took me longer than it should to solve (even allowing for Mr CS trying to interrupt me to tell me about something in the garden) but then when you type the review, there are so many anagrams and ‘put something into something else’ type clues that you wonder why you struggled – although perhaps its because it appears to be the work of the setter who likes to fill all the available space with his clues?… Continue reading

It was 40 Years Ago Today!

For those who are not aware, our very own King of the Toughie, John Henderson, aka Elgar, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first Guardian puzzle today. he was 15 at the time! There is a special(ish) puzzle here:

There have been tributes on a couple of the classical music radio stations and he was given the Freedom of Classic FM this morning at 7:45am (there should be another between 9am and 10am on Scala Radio!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2201

Toughie No 2201 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another interesting puzzle from Hudson that caused some head-scratching both when solving a few of the clues and justifying some answers. I noticed early on that it was likely to be a pangram but then forgot about it until I’d finished.… Continue reading

DT 29010

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29010

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where several days of above freezing temperatures have started to have a noticeable effect on the snowbanks.

I logged into the Telegraph Puzzles website this evening (Wednesday) to a nasty surprise.… Continue reading

ST 2995

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2995

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 17th March 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Dada in enjoyable but short-lived mode this time – quite a few anagrams and three different examples of how to use a single letter L

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