Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2785 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2785 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27737 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27737 (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

Toughie 1352

Toughie No 1352 by Elgar

Whodunnit?

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

As Elgar puzzles go, this was a tad on the easy side, probably because once you have unravelled 11 Across you are well on your way to solving the two related clues.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

ST 2784 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2784 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27731 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27731 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter our February Prize Puzzle

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 1348

Toughie No 1348 by Notabilis

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

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

At least I had one Telegraph puzzle to enjoy today, and, what’s more, I have been able to enjoy it twice – once when solving and again when writing this review.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

ST 2783 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2783 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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You now have under a week to enter this month’s 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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27725 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27725 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Have a go at our February Prize Puzzle

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 1344

Toughie No 1344 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

How nice it is to have a proper Toughie. Progress was slow but steady, then writing this review gave me a second chance to savour the puzzle again.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

ST 2782 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2782 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Have a go at this month’s Prize Puzzle – it’s a lot of fun!

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

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More