August 20, 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

New Theme

Update October 23, 2019

What I hope will be the final changes to the “Big Dave 2019” theme. have been implemented  There are a small number of cosmetic changes, but the big difference is in the Responsive Design – a posh way of saying that the theme adjusts according to the width of the display.  While a desktop may be able to vary the size of the browser window, for other devices, such as phones and tablets, this is usually a fixed size. Continue reading “New Theme”

Toughie 2283

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

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29134

Hints and tips by Mr K

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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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