November 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 3175

Toughie No 3171 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle which I didn’t find overly tough except for 25a.

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DT 30471

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,471
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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


Happy St Andrew’s Day to all of our Scottish friends.

Another enjoyable Thursday solve to take our minds off the cold weather outside. Apart from the potential bear trap at 15d, I found this reasonably straightforward with some elegant wordplay.… Continue reading

DT 30470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30470

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
All go here at present. Family guests have arrived with their motor home and will be with us for a few days. Have sent them off to do other things for a couple of hours so we can pay full attention to putting this blog together.… Continue reading

ST 3239 (Full Review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3239

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th November 2023

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

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DT 30469

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,469
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  –  Enjoyment ***

Having hardly ventured out during yesterday’s thoroughly miserable day the sun is shining here in Harpenden today so an opportunity to catch up on some much needed exercise beckons.… Continue reading

DT 30468

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30468

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from Almoradí where we are continuing with wall-to-wall sunshine but it’s noticeably cooler than last week.  We haven’t had a drop of rain since May which is most unusual as Sept to Nov is usually the wettest part of the year.

I’m guessing that this puzzle is a Campbell production as there are two puns in the quickie but somehow I thought it was a bit different from his usual style. Oh well, perhaps that’s just me.  Anyway, it certainly didn’t frighten the horses very much but was quite enjoyable while it lasted.
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