January 2024 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 30524

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30524

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another beautiful summer day here. It is the time for schools to restart for the new academic year so there are probably many school kids who are not so happy to have to return to a classroom instead of another day at the beach.… Continue reading

ST 3248 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3248

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 21st Jan 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A nice and lovely puzzle from Dada this Sunday that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review of his puzzle for your kind perusal and important feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 3209

Toughie No 3209 by Dharma

Hints and tips by ALP

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

It is perhaps fitting, albeit daunting, for the not-so-young pretender to review his not-so-old predecessor, the mighty Stephen L Dharma. And I can’t tell you how much I wanted to like this.… Continue reading

DT 30523

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30523
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

Rain overnight and a drab looking start to the day here in Harpenden. Can’t see any more of the wet stuff in the forecast so a walk later looks on the cards.… Continue reading

DT 30522

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30522

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from an unseasonably warm Ottawa. It is not quite T-shirt and shorts weather – but closer to it than to a normal Ottawa winter. A portion of our Rideau Canal skateway managed to open for a few days but had to be closed again due to the warm temperatures.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 105 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 105


by proXimal

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I tripped through three-quarters of this quite quickly but came to a grinding halt in the SW. I don’t think I can parse two letters in 2d and await your retorts.

Thanks to proXimal for providing a nod to 20d ‘s  It made my night when I realised he was talking about me (and  others)

14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1627 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1627 (Hints)

The Missing Link by Gaston

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I cannot see the phrase ‘missing link’ without thinking of an episode in Jennings’ Diary, one of the series of wonderful school stories by Anthony Buckeridge. For Jennings, it represents the prized cuff link lost by Mr Wilkins which prompts him to note ‘Mr Wilkins – missing link’ in his diary. For the somewhat irascible Mr Wilkins, who chances to read this entry, it unfortunately conjures up ‘a picture of a sub-human anthropoid monster, swinging among the tree-tops in some dark prehistoric era.’ I wonder whether this puzzle will involve any flapping cuffs or simian species from the Great Chain of Being.

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