Miffypops – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29157 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29157

Hints and tips by Blogden Nash

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the sunny Yorkshire Dales where Saint Sharon and I have enjoyed the weekend (apart from the spider). I enjoyed today’s puzzle which contains just enough to stretch the grey matter over the last couple in. Home today after a drive over the Buttertubs. Continue reading “DT 29157”

DT 29151 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29151

Hints and tips by Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a dreich Southlochaweside where Saint Sharon and I are on holiday. Other than providing a crossword blog I we have nothing to do and all week to do it. Today’s puzzle is rather anagram heavy but otherwise quite satisfying. Rebel Rebel is playing on the sound system which given today’s alias is rather appropriate. Continue reading “DT 29151”

DT 29145 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29145

Hints and tips by Yogi Bear

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

As I am supposed to be ‘smarter than the average bear Boo Boo’ I will strive to be error free this week. Continue reading “DT 29145”

DT 29139 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29139

Hints and tips by Xena Warrior Princess

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the peaceful heart of Downtown LI. Peaceful that is apart from the continuous drone of massive tractors pulling massive trailers filled with either grain or bales which drive past our dwelling every ten minutes from very early in the morning until very late at night all through the harvest season. Well done to England’s Rugby and Cricket teams. It will take a while to wipe the smile from my face after those results. Continue reading “DT 29139”

DT 29133 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29133

Hints and tips by Winnie The Pooh

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ** (by BD)

Good morning from The Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet and I enjoyed this puzzle which produced smiles and groans along the way. How strange to begin at the end. We both agree that it is only a crossword puzzle, a pastime, a mere bagatelle, a fleeting moment in life that will be soon forgotten. Continue reading “DT 29133”

DT 29127 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29127

Hints and tips by Victor Nosefairing

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Nosefairing House.  All seems well with the world as all of the right teams all won at Rugby over the weekend.  Today’s puzzle has enough about it to keep you all amused and to kick-start the puzzling week. … Continue reading

DT 29121 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29121

Hints and tips by Ulysses

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

It’s only a crossword. What more can be said? Well Big Dave noticed this. Take a look at the letters that form the top and bottom rows of the cryptic puzzle and then have a look at The Quickie Pun. Continue reading “DT 29121”

DT 29117 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29117

Hints and tips by Stuart Nash

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Miffypops and the 2Kiwis for swapping days.  This enabled me to attend the funeral of my best mate Pete, who passed away earlier this month just a week short of his 74th birthday.  I had to leave at 6:00 am in order to get to the crematorium in time, and made it just in time for the 9:30 am service.  BD


When solving this I smiled at several of the images suggested formed by consecutive answers. 1ac and 5ac for example. 9 and 11 ac. 22 and 23ac. 16 an 19d. 14and 10d. As usual Jay has come up trumps with a superb puzzle which I thought was a tad harder than those of the previous two days. Continue reading “DT 29117”

Toughie 2269 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2269 by Beam
A Prime Number For A Prime Puzzle
Hints and tips by Shaft

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

Some years ago I spent about three weeks struggling through a Beam Toughie ending up with one unsolved clue of four letters with two checkers. I puzzled over that clue several times a day for many weeks. In desperation I typed the clue into Google and found Big Dave’s Crossword Blog. I would never have thought that one day I would write the hints for a Beam toughie. Well that day has arrived and it is thanks to Big Dave and his team of bloggers that I can sit here confidently writing these hints and tips. Continue reading “Toughie 2269”

DT 29109 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29109

Hints and tips by Tweeter and the Monkey Man (thanks Kath)

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Every year Saint Sharon organises a Family Weekend, so our families get together for a reason that isn’t to do with funerals. Four generations gathered from Barrow-In-Furnace to Lowestoft. Oswaldtwistle to Kenilworth. A great time was had by all. As usual it all got a bit messy last night until several of the boys were sent to bed by Saint Sharon at 2.30am this morning. . . Continue reading “DT 29109”