November 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29534

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja on a sunny but chilly morning.  I really should be on double time today as it’s a public holiday here.  It’s San Andreas day, the patron saint of Almoradí, and normally there would be a big parade and festivities in the town but with the Covid-19 restrictions that isn’t going to happen this year.

On to the puzzle.  It’s another elegant puzzle as I’ve come to expect on a Monday. I really enjoyed it as there’s enough head scratching material to keep one on one’s toes but a few gimmes to get a start.  There’s also seven clues involving anagrams so I know many of you will be happy.
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EV 1463 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1463

Drawing Parallels by Kcit

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Kcit certainly needs no introduction for EV solvers – his challenging puzzles in all the thematic cryptic outlets (also as Phi) and in the broadsheets, where, among other appearances he is a regular Telegraph Toughie setter, stretch back over almost twenty-five years. Continue reading “EV 1463 (Hints)”

ST 3084 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3084 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where Mother Nature has been ringing the changes on the weather and we have had freezing rain and black ice.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

I don’t think I have used the Q-word for a while but I found that it definitely applies to today’s puzzle. … Continue reading

Toughie 2549

Toughie No 2549 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A fun puzzle by Osmosis today with well-crafted surfaces. My last ones in were the two double clues – it took me a while to get my head in the right space.… Continue reading

DT 29532

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29532

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs.

We have a pangra missing the X this morning, which probably means that ProXimal is our setter. A reasonable challenge, though I’m not convinced of the clue for 6d.… Continue reading

DT 29527

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29527

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st November 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A pangram that reminded me of how Saturday Prize Puzzles used to be Continue reading “DT 29527”