Author Archives: Big Dave

Big Dave is a retired IT Consultant who lives in the beautiful Worcestershire village of Hanley Swan.

Toughie 1301

Toughie No 1301 by Elkamere

Black (and white) Friday!

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

A fine puzzle to end a very mixed week of Toughies.

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Toughie 1298

Toughie No 1298 by Shamus

Can it really be Tuesday?

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

This is more like it – a decent Toughie on a Tuesday!

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ST 2771 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2771 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

DT 27654 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654 (Hints)

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.… Read More

Toughie 1296

Toughie No 1296 by Firefly

Son of Yoda

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I first started blogging Toughies I used to enjoy Firefly’s puzzles. No longer.

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Toughie 1294

Toughie No 1294 by Petitjean

Just put your lips together and …

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

You never know which Petitjean is going to show up, but I should have been forewarned by the editor’s decision to publish this one on a Tuesday.… Read More

ST 2770 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2770 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

DT 27648 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to enter our November Prize Puzzle.
If you do enter, please read the instructions very carefully.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.… Read More

Toughie 1293

Toughie No 1293 by Sparks

Hiding too much, or vice versa

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

I enjoyed this puzzle from Sparks, in spite of the reservations expressed below.

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ST 2769 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2769 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget the November Prize Puzzle.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More