Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Toughie 1400

Toughie No 1400 by Osmosis

As much use as a chocolate teapot?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

One of those puzzles where, having completed it, you wonder why you had bothered. OK, I had no choice as I had to write the review.… Read More

ST 2796 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2796 (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 27803 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27803 (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 1393

Toughie No 1393 by Dada

How did Dada know the Liberals would get a beating?

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

I found this to be a bit tougher than usual for a Tuesday, which was a very pleasant surprise.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2795 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2795 (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.… Read More

DT 27797 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27797 (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 1392

Toughie No 1392 by Elkamere

A Dictionary in the Corner

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

On the easy side for a Friday Toughie – kinda Anax-lite. As usual Elkamere relies on colloquialisms in both clues and answers. Overseas solvers may struggle with the Countdown reference.… Read More

ST 2794 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2794 (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.… Read More

DT 27791 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27791 (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 1388

Toughie No 1388 by Notabilis

The Road to Wigan Pier

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

Some Friday Toughies are better than others, and this is certainly one of the better ones.

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