Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2766 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766 (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.

Toughie 1277

Toughie No 1277 by Notabilis

How do you make a 1 across?
Don’t answer that!

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

Notabilis never fails to both challenge and entertain, and this excellent puzzle is no exception.

Toughie 1276

Toughie No 1276 by Petitjean

Of Mice and Men

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Gather ye all the old chestnuts and save them up for Christmas!

Toughie 1274

Toughie No 1274 by Dada

Back to the Future

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Once again Dada has chosen to send one of his easier puzzles for the Toughie slot. Perhaps one day he will put a “Paul” puzzle in the wrong envelope!

DT 27619

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27619

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Rufus gives us a masterclass in how to use the same word in multiple clues, each time with a different meaning. Unlike Brenda Spencer I always look forward to Mondays!

ST 2765 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2765 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Why not have a go at the October 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 27618 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27618 (Hints)

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There’s still time to enter the October 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.

Could you have been a codebreaker at Bletchley Park?

The Daily Telegraph’s cryptic crossword on January 13 1942 played a crucial role in helping the Allies win the Second World War. If you can solve it in 12 minutes, you could have helped crack the Enigma code.

You can read all about it, and have a go at the puzzle yourself, here.

Toughie 1272

Toughie No 1272 by Kcit

Repetitio mater studiorum est *

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A pleasant enough puzzle, but, once again, hardly a Toughie.

ST 2764 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2764 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget to have a go at the October 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.

As this is a Prize crossword, please do not put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.

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