May 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 3058

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3058

Hints and tips by Senf

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

Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Weekend puzzles, this post, and all other Weekend posts, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29377
The Saturday Crossword Club by Tilsit

BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment ***

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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.  BD


Good morning everyone from a self-isolating blogger in Warrington.  I have been feeling a bit grotty with coughing spells since Wednesday and have lost my sense of smell and taste.  I went for a swab test yesterday and am awaiting the results, but now plan to completely self-isolate, although, in truth, I have largely been doing that since day one.   The only time I went out this week was to visit my district nurse and to do some shopping at Tesco.  Given the behaviour of some of the people there, I’m guessing that’s where I picked it up. Continue reading “DT 29377”

Toughie 2445

Toughie No 2445 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some great quirky clueing today. Sparks often has a Nina, but I haven’t seen anything yet, perhaps someone will help me.

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

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29376

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the sun continues to shine on our locked -down world. I wonder how many people it took to work out the latest ‘relaxation’ where you can meet family members in your garden so long as you don’t let them use the loo?… Continue reading

Toughie 2444

Toughie No 2444 by Zandio

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

We haven’t had a Toughie from Zandio since last November but I’d say he certainly hasn’t lost any of his ability to provide a proper really tough crossword in the interim.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29375

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/****Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. Here we go again, another Thursday and we’re now in the middle of week ten of lockdown, in case you’ve all lost count – at least we’ve got a Ray T crossword to cheer us up.… Continue reading

Toughie 2443

Toughie No 2443 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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As I may have mentioned once or twice before I do prefer Toughies which are based on complex wordplay rather than obscure GK. Giovanni seems to delight in finding the most obscure words to populate his grids but, having said that, there were only two bits of GK (11a and 7d) in this one that I didn’t know.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29374

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Monday had some exciting moments for us. About 8.30 am we got shaken up by a 5.8 strength earthquake that had it’s epicentre just off the coast from where we live. Since then we have had dozens of after-shocks, the biggest (5.3)… Continue reading

Toughie 2442

Toughie No 2442 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Tattycoram

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from the very still heart of Downtown L I where great excitement has been enjoyed as a Cuckoo has been heard singing his song in the osier beds. The first in many years. Todays Toughie is not too tough although a couple of parsings held me up. Continue reading “Toughie 2442”