December 2021 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29868

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29868

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather forecast is for a temperature of 24°C this afternoon!  If it happens it would be some sort of record for Christmas week.  Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and here’s hoping that 2022 turns out to be an improvement on 2021 – a Happy New Year to you all.

As for the crossword I’ll just repeat what I wrote last week – elegant clues, not too hard but a couple to cause some head scratching. I enjoyed it a lot and hope you did too.
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EV 1519 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1519 (Hints)

Satisfaction 2 by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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For the last EV of the year we meet proXimal, the EV editor, again. We can be sure of a challenge but fair and carefully constructed clues too. He seems to be promising us ‘satisfaction’ and this is certainly a meaty crossword.… Continue reading

ST 3140 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3140 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Boxing Day morning from Winnipeg from where I trust that you have awoken from your tryptophan induced slumbers bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on Dada’s latest challenge.

A very big thank you to our esteemed editor for providing me with an advance copy of today’s puzzle so that I could complete the solving and the preparation of the hints in advance of the festivities.… Continue reading

Toughie 2772

Toughie No 2772 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.… Continue reading

DT 29867

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29867

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

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Good morning from South Staffs on a foggy Christmas Eve. Best wishes to all those who form part of the Big Dave community, especially the many thousands of people who look at this site every day but don’t post a comment.… Continue reading

DT 29862

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29862

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 18th Dec 2021

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

Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tougher Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I still enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and noteworthy comment.
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