Author Archives: Big Dave

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

DT 28456 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28456 (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

DT 28450 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28450 (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 1826

Toughie No 1826 by Beam

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Bufo is away this week. Apologies for the blog being a little late, this was down to a bit of a mix-up.

A typical Beam puzzle – innuendo, Her Majesty, initial letters forming an all-in-one clue, lurkers and one-word answers – they’re all here.… Read More

DT 28444 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28444 (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

DT 28438 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28438 (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

DT 28432 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28432 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Many thanks to Tilsit for holding the fort while I was in Nottingham last week.  My pictures can be seen here, with more from Lynette (Joyce of Bert and Joyce) to be added later [update: now added].… Read More

DT 28431

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28431

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Deep Threat is on holiday until the end of June.

A straightforward puzzle from Giovanni – with a nod towards the forthcoming General Election.

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

DT 28420 (hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28420 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Thanks to all, especially the generous lady who sent me a cheque, for your support of our Open Gardens weekend, which raised over £6,200 for our local churches.  Thanks also to Tilsit for stepping up to the mark to provide hints for the last two Saturdays.… Read More

Toughie 1806

Toughie No 1806 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Big Dave & Bufo

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

Bufo’s review got lost somewhere in the ether so I have put this alternative review together quickly. Without 4 Down the difficulty level would have been just two stars.… Read More

SP – 001

Special Puzzle – 001

“Candidats” by Alchemi

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