Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Toughie 1228

Toughie No 1228 by MynoT

A load of 20 across?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

A relatively straightforward Toughie from MynoT. One enjoyment star has been docked for the howler in 6 down.

Toughie 1226

Toughie No 1226 by Dada

Double Trouble

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

I’m not sure what has happened to Toro today so I have put this review together somewhat hastily.

ST 2753 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2753 (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 27546 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27546 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter our July Prize Puzzle.
This month’s prize has been donated by Tim Moorey.

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 1225

Toughie No 1225 by Sparks

Serendipity

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

I found this Toughie to be comparatively easy but very entertaining.

ST 2752 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2752 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget to have a go at the Monthly 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 27540 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27540 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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Have a go at our July Prize Puzzle. This month’s prize has been donated by Tim Moorey.

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 1221

Toughie No 1221 by Notabilis

What the Dickens!

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

A very enjoyable puzzle from one of my favourite setters.

DT 27536

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27536

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment *

As Toro is unavailable today, Gazza has agreed to review the Toughie leaving me with this one. What do you say about a disappointing puzzle in which the answers were all write-ins? Answers in pencil on the back of a five-pound note will be gratefully received.

ST 2751 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2751 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Why not have a go at our new Monthly 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.