2Kiwis – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29607

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29607

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve had a very busy couple of days as we have been having ‘The Bach’ re-roofed. We have been allowed to help with the fetch and carry and unskilled bits of the operation. Ross, the expert roofer, is dealing with the finishing touches as we write this.… Continue reading

DT 29601

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29601

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last weekend it was detected that some sneaky Covid 19 greeblies had managed to get through our strict border controls. The country immediately went into lockdown. Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country.… Continue reading

DT 29595

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29595

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our spell of beautiful fine weather has been briefly interrupted by a very welcome short period of rain. Forecast tells us we will be back to fine again tomorrow.

A busy day for us as it started off at the hospital for a laser operation to treat glaucoma in one of Colin’s eyes.… Continue reading

DT 29589

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29589

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Congratulations Jay. We learnt in the latest Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter that our regular Wednesday setter has reached the amazing milestone of 1000 (yes, one thousand) Cryptic crosswords compiled for The Telegraph. To have managed this and kept up his high standard of clue writing is a real achievement.… Continue reading

DT 29571

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29571

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

By the time most of you will be reading this we will be on our way to catch the ferry and cross Cook Strait. We’re going to be away for the next two Wednesdays so some other blogger will have the pleasure of writing the Hints and Tips for Jay’s puzzles.… Continue reading

DT 29565

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29565

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

All the family have now moved on to do various energetic summer holiday activities so it is just the two us at home again. Still many holiday makers in the area though and we have been having much more settled weather here than in much of the country.… Continue reading

DT 29559

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29559

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A calm before the storm here as we are expecting lots of family to be arriving soon. They will be with us for a few days over New Year before heading off in various directions. As our borders are effectively closed to overseas tourists at present, locals are being urged to take up the slack.… Continue reading

DT 29554

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29554

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Christmas in New Zealand means days at the beach with family, and pohutukawa trees covered in crimson blossom. This picture is how one of ours looks right now. The remains of the flax flower spikes that we mentioned in an earlier blog are in the background too.… Continue reading

DT 29548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29548

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We are back in Wellington again. Sam, the grandson who had the kidney operation a few weeks ago, is having a follow-up procedure to remove a stent so we are back here for support. It is relatively minor compared with the original operation and much less stress making for all concerned.… Continue reading

DT 29542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29542

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our two eldest grandsons and eight of their friends have taken over our bach for a few days. So, when they do eventually all get out of bed, it is all go here. The weather, wouldn’t you know it, has responded by being wet, wet, wet.… Continue reading