Author Archives: Big Dave

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

DT 27678 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to have a go at our December 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.… Read More

Toughie 1313

Toughie No 1313 by Elkamere

A stay of execution!

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

Having read that this was a difficult puzzle before I even started on it, I was pleasantly surprised to solve it in less than 5-star time.

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

Spring Masterclass (May 2014)

Spring Masterclass

Midlands, Saturday 9 May 2015

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:… Read More

ST 2774 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2774 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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If you haven’t tried our December Prize Puzzle why not have a go?

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

DT 27672 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to have a go at our December 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.… Read More

Toughie 1309

Toughie No 1309 by Osmosis

Who’s Who?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Neither difficult nor enjoyable with a lot of “messy” (for want of a better word) clues.

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ST 2773 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2773 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now!

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

DT 27666 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27666 (Hints)

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It’s nearly Christmas and it’s time for our December 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.… Read More

Toughie 1305

Toughie No 1305 by Notabilis

Sheer class!

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

When the Daily Telegraph introduced the Toughie, this is the sort of puzzle that we solvers expected. Sadly we don’t see enough of them.

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ST 2772 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772 (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.… Read More

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