January 2021 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

EV 1472 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1472

Test Match by Ploy

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ploy’s crosswords have been appearing in all the well-known thematic cryptic outlets for almost twenty years. They are invariably enjoyable with very fair clues and intriguing end games. This one was no exception. Continue reading “EV 1472 (Hints)”

ST 3093 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3093 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we had a chilly start to the week with three days where the high temperature was no more than minus 23 degrees.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Either I was having a bad day or, if I wasn’t, this would be a good candidate for a Dada Toughie. … Continue reading

Toughie 2584

Toughie No 2584 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Ooph. A knowledge of Scottish football will have given you a considerable advantage over me. I struggled particularly in NE. A would-be pangram if we had an F, but we do have a ‘PH’

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

DT 29585

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29585

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a mild winter morning. This week I reached a significant birthday, and by way of a (slightly late) present Mrs DT and I received an appointment for our Covid jabs next week (hurrah!).… Continue reading

DT 29580

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29580

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 23rd January 2021

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

The trickiest Saturday Prize Puzzle for some considerable time, well I thought so anyway. Continue reading “DT 29580”

Toughie 2583

Toughie No 2583 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This crossword would have fitted very nicely on the back page of a Thursday edition of the Daily Telegraph, so, for me anyway, it doesn’t quite make it onto the Toughie spectrum. Continue reading “Toughie 2583”

DT 29584

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29584

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Rating suggested by Cryptor – Difficulty **   – Enjoyment ***

Good morning. After a gentle start to the solving week we have been hit here with a sledgehammer. Good luck. Continue reading “DT 29584”