December 2020 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2567

Toughie No 2567 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

In all the ups and downs of this very trying year, one thing has remained the same Continue reading “Toughie 2567”

DT 29560

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29560

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Rating by Manders – Difficulty  **/***   – Enjoyment ****

Good morning from behind two face masks and a Perspex visor. Please keep at least two metres of distance between us. Your beshingled blogger in Barrel went to bed in Tier three and woke up in Tier four. Bugger! I have survived so far and would like to survive some more. Continue reading “DT 29560”

Double Toughie 100012

Christmas Day Double Toughie No 100,012

‘Bubbles’ by Elgar

Hints and Tips by Fred and Ginger


This puzzle was published on Christmas Day 2020

Difficulty ***** Enjoyment *****

Here we go with the 12th annual Elgar Festive Double. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100012”

Toughie 2566

Toughie No 2566 by Django

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This annus horribilis is drawing to a close so may I wish everyone a Safer and Happier 2021.

Thanks to Django for a pretty gentle Toughie. Some of the clues are rather wordy but the wordplay of all is clear and the puzzle has been put together without any obscurities, which earns applause from me.… Continue reading

DT 29559

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29559

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A calm before the storm here as we are expecting lots of family to be arriving soon. They will be with us for a few days over New Year before heading off in various directions. As our borders are effectively closed to overseas tourists at present, locals are being urged to take up the slack.… Continue reading

DT 29558

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29558

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my last blog of 2020. Happy to see the end of that awful year. I was bang on wavelength today, completing this one in a single pass top to bottom.  First time that's ever happened for me. I was definitely helped by the inclusion of an above average number of Usual Suspects. Smooth surfaces and tight wordplay made for an enjoyable solve. Continue reading "DT 29558"

DT 29557

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29557

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja.  I hope you all had as good a Christmas as possible under the current circumstances.  Pommette and I had a quiet time at home having cancelled our usual trip to Benidorm, although we did have a rather enjoyable pizza party with a few friends on boxing day via Skype.

I thought today’s puzzle was fairly benign but still enjoyable.  There’s a couple of veiled allusions Peter Sellers films and one clue that’s spookily similar to one that was in yesterday’s puzzle.  All-in-all I thought it was pretty good.
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