January 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29898

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29898

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa, where we have been “enjoying” a spell of frigid temperatures approaching -30 C (with wind chills significantly colder than that). This weekend, the city is also “enjoying” a visit from several thousand anti-vax truckers (actually anti-vax, anti-mask, anti any public health measure) together with countless other lunatic fringe groups who decided to tag along for the fun.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 1 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 1 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A quick return by me to get the ball rolling on blogs for the new Sunday Toughie, so this is ‘bare bones’ compared to my Sunday Cryptic blogs.

It’s a prize puzzle so no hidden answers and a sprinkling of hints throughout the grid, and all the usual rule on commenting apply.… Continue reading

EV 1524 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1524 (Hints)

Flight Plan by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor’s crosswords are appreciated in the EV, IQ, Magpie and Listener series because of their very subtle and masterly level of cluing. You can be sure of a fine challenge and a rich endgame.… Continue reading

ST 3145 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3145 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are on track for above average snow fall this winter.

Keep staying safe everyone.

For me, Dada more friendly than he was last Sunday, perhaps, but I doubt it, silly me, he is making allowances for the appearance of the first ever Sunday Toughie. … Continue reading

DT 29897 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29897 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)

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Greetings from a damp and blustery Porthmadog.

I sneaked away for a few days break having set myself the personal challenge of riding the ten Great Little Trains of Wales. I duly booked a room here in the hub of a number of them, only to find out they are not running until the end of February/beginning of March!!… Continue reading

Toughie 2792

Toughie No 2792 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today Elgar gives us a pangram, which I found useful in some clues.

Please leave a comment telling us how you did and what you thought

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We’re going through them, like a solver whose newsagent’s run out of Telegraphs ?
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DT 29896

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29896

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs, and Happy Birthday to Big Dave’s blog, which is now a teenager:

One or two less common words slowed me up somewhat in finishing today’s crossword, but all of them could be worked out from the checkers.… Continue reading

DT 29891

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29891

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 22nd January 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Chalicea’s turn to provide the Saturday Prize Puzzle. Continue reading “DT 29891”