December 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29229

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29229

Hints and tips by Gepetto

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kath for standing in for me last week when I was very busy. We have blue skies here in Downtown L I where the highlight of the weekend was watching the sale of a customer’s late uncle’s Aston martin DB5 at Bonhams Auction House in London. The hammer fell at £2,100,000. That is a lot of money to spend on a car. Continue reading “DT 29229”

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ST 3033 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3033 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have been enjoying seasonal, or better than seasonal, temperatures for the last week or so – that all comes to an end in a few days time when we will have at least two days with a high temperature of minus 21 degrees.… Continue reading

DT 29228 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29228 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club – Hosted by Senf

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A very good morning from Winnipeg!  Don’t be alarmed, you have not ‘lost’ a day, it really is Saturday.  Big Dave is on his way to London (with The George as his final destination) so I am enjoying a day in The Saturday Crossword Club and I will be in my usual Sunday ‘slot’ tomorrow.

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.

Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!

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MPP – 091

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Dec 2019)

Initial Letters by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (21st Dec 2019).

Continue reading “MPP – 091”

Toughie 2346

Toughie No 2346 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We have come to expect nothing but top quality puzzles from proXimal. Excellent surface readings combined with innovative clueing makes for a most enjoyable solve

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

DT 29227

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29227

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, damp December morning, with the prospect of Christmas shopping to come.

There was nothing too difficult for me in today’s Giovanni, though the long anagram in 5d took some untangling.… Continue reading

DT 29222

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29222

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 30th November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

What seems to be the norm on Saturdays these days. Rereading the Saturday comments before finalising the review, I think I agree with many of them, particularly the one which talked about a crossword needing to ‘flow’ to be a good solving experience which is one of the many things that might go a little way towards making the Saturday Prize Puzzles  more “eggs suitable for a bishop” rather than the curate!… Continue reading

Toughie 2345

Toughie No 2345 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It was good to find that I only had to wait three weeks between Micawber puzzles this time. It was excellent stuff from with some very nice touches. It probably took me longer than it should have done because I didn’t feel on top form today but that gave me more time to appreciate it. Continue reading “Toughie 2345”