August 20, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

New Theme ~ Posted on

Update September 2, 2019

When I first announced the new theme, two weeks ago, I pointed out a couple of limitations:

  • the lack of date and time parameters in the theme mean that, at least for the present, it is not possible to have date-related banners for National Saints days, birthdays and other special occasions,
  • it has not proved possible to add bloggers’ logos to the top of each post.

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Toughie 2283 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2283 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The handful of lesser-known words were clued in such a way they could be worked out then checked in Chambers. Continue reading “Toughie 2283”

DT 29134 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29134

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***


Hello, everyone.  I found this less of a challenge than last Tuesday's puzzle.  I have no idea who the setter might be, so if our setter should happen to visit the site to read our comments, perhaps they could also leave a comment of their own?

Last week I had to abandon an attempt to collect data on your solving experiences because of problems with the survey.  The goal is to measure how long most of us took to solve a specific puzzle and whether we used any aids, because I believe that the data will be reassuring to solvers who feel that they take longer than everyone else.  The brief survey should now work properly.  Click here to open it in a new window.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  I'll present the results next Tuesday. 

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