Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Rookie Corner 024

A Puzzle by Gepetto

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ST 2762 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2762 (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.

DT 27600 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600 (Hints)

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Entries for the September Monthly Prize Puzzle close today.

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.

Toughie 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.

DT 27597

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27597

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Although this was very much a write-in for me it was still very enjoyable, albeit 1 across is a very old chestnut!

ST 2761 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2761 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Only one week to go to be able to enter the September 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.

DT 27594 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to enter the September Monthly 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.

Toughie 1257

Toughie No 1257 by Beam

Tossin’ and Turnin’

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Much as I like Beam and Ray T, his alter ego, I don’t think even he would have asked for this Toughie to be published on a Friday, the day usually reserved for arch tormentors like Elgar and Notabilis. This puzzle contains most of Beam’s usual signatures like Her Majesty, hidden words and subtle innuendo (but not, this time, a clue where the answer is made up from initial letters).

Toughie 1256

Toughie No 1256 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

What bad luck for Bufo – he has a week off and misses this superb puzzle from Micawber. The difficulty level crept into 4-star territory because I always include the time spent unravelling the wordplay.

ST 2760 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget to enter the September 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.