Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2834 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2834 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 28030 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Back to normal this Saturday after the hectic, but very enjoyable, Birthday Bash last week.  It was great to see all those that turned up, especially first-timers like Jane, Rabbit Dave and Riggles.

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

ST 2832 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2832 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 28018 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27018 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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

MPP 044 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 044

January 2016 2015

Zoology by Alchemi

The instructions for this puzzle were:

A number of mostly unfamiliar animals are roaming around the grid, but only one of them has a characteristic spelled out in two asymmetrically-placed vertical columns, and that’s the one to put in the box.

Well, there were no less than nine animals roaming around the grid, but only the Ross seal satisfied the requirement that it was “native to fourteen”, where the answer to 14 down was Antarctica.… Read More

ST 2831 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2831 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 28012 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28012 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Thanks for your patience during the severe performance problems encountered this week.  This was due, in part, to the phenomenal success of the blog.  Some features, like the big red box that pops up on prize puzzles, have had to be dropped because they were using excessive resources, even when not actively being displayed. … Read More

ST 2830 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2830 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 28006 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27006 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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

ST 2829 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2829 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More