Author Archives: Big Dave

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

DT 27779 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27779 (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 1380

Toughie No 1380 by Elgar

100 not out!

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

Congratulations – this is Elgar’s 100th Toughie. In today’s Telegraph it says “Congratulations to Elgar on his 100th Toughie in The Daily Telegraph (plus another six Christmas Day special Toughies on the Telegraph Puzzles website).” and once again they have got it wrong.… Read More

ST 2791 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2791 (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 27773 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27773 (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 1373

Toughie No 1373 by Warbler

1066 and all that!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another typical Warbler puzzle– not too difficult but as enjoyable as ever.

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 2790 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2790 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget to enter our Monthly Prize competition.

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 27767 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27767 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Another month, another puzzle!  Have a go at our Monthly Prize Puzzle 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.… Read More

Toughie 1369

Toughie No 1369 by MynoT

“You can’t see the join”

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A typical Tuesday Toughie – not too difficult but sadly lacking in sparkle.

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 2789 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2789 (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 27761 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27761 (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