Shabbo – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 30537

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,537
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Good morning from Welwyn Garden City, where it looks like being a lovely day. It is the current Mrs Shabbo’s birthday tomorrow, so a trip to the card shop is in order as soon as I finish this blog.… Continue reading

DT 30531

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,531
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A pleasant puzzle with a couple of clues which required some additional thought. 17a and 16d were my LOIs and it took me a while to work out the anagram “fodder” in 17a.… Continue reading

DT 30525

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,525
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Good morning and welcome to February. A glorious morning here in Hertfordshire and I woke up (always a good start to the day) to the sound of a great spotted woodpecker drumming on the oak tree at the end of our garden.… Continue reading

DT 30519

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,519
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As they would say in 12a, it is a bit dreich in Welwyn Garden City this morning, but it is supposed to brighten up later.

A slightly trickier puzzle today, particularly in the SE corner, or maybe I am just a bit tired this morning?… Continue reading

DT 30513

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,513
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Good morning from a very frosty Welwyn Garden City. Beautiful clear skies and sunshine – in short, a perfect winter’s day. As soon as I have finished these notes I am off with a birding pal to look for waxwings.… Continue reading

DT 30507

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,507
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Good morning from sunny and cold Hertfordshire. I am in a bit of a hurry this morning as we are off to Suffolk for a couple of days as soon as I finish my blogging duties.… Continue reading

DT 30501

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,501
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The Christmas lights and decorations are all down and safely stored away until next year and life is returning to normal in Shabbo Towers.

It’s Thursday and no prizes for guessing the compiler, who has left his usual calling card in 13a.… Continue reading

DT 30495

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,495
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Good morning. For those of you who get confused about which day it is over the festive season, I can confirm that it is definitely Thursday today. It must be, as it is my turn to write the blog!… Continue reading

DT 30489

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,489
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Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s blog/tips/hints. My 20th contribution already – it seems only yesterday when Gazza was guiding me very gently and patiently through the wonders of WordPress for the first time.… Continue reading

DT 30483

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,483
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Good morning, fellow cruciverbalists, and welcome to another very fine Thursday puzzle. I am fortunate to have been allocated the Thursday blogging slot as the puzzles are invariably of the highest order.… Continue reading