Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2758 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2758 (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 27576 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27576 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.

Toughie 1245

Toughie No 1245 by Firefly

It’s all Greek to me!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the easiest Friday puzzles for quite a while. A lot of the clues are of the kind recently described as “cut-and-paste”, requiring various bits and pieces to be added or removed.

ST 2757 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2757 (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 27570 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27570 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to win the very special prize for this month’s 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.

DT 27569

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27569

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

I am not one of Giovanni’s greatest admirers. Too many of his puzzles seem to have come off a production line, lacking both flair and entertainment – but combine that with what must be one of the worst grids in the Telegraph portfolio and the combination is, for me, catastrophic.

Toughie 1240

Toughie No 1240 by Petitjean

The Grumpy Old Man is back!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I didn’t enjoy this puzzle very much first time round, and even less second time when writing the review. Many of the clues were very messy, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a good Spoonerism (the one here certainly wasn’t).

ST 2756 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s still time to enter this month’s 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 27564 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27564 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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There’s a very special prize for this month’s 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 1237

Toughie No 1237 by Elkamere

Ready for Kick-off

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

There was a distinct football flavour to today’s Toughie. Apart from initially putting “husband” in at 6 down, there is no obvious reason why it took me as long as it did.

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