Friday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29789

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29789

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs with a cloudy start to the day.

Today’s puzzle took me just into my *** time, but writing the hints for some of the clues took me longer than usual – there were several where getting the answer was not particularly difficult, but explaining the parsing was trickier.… Continue reading

DT 29783

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29783

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the morning sun is peeping through the clouds.

For me, this was reasonably straightforward. Whether others find it so will depend to some extent on the GK elements falling within their comfort zone.… Continue reading

DT 29777

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29777

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy day with some rain forecast.

The NW corner of today’s puzzle, which is where I like to start, was the last to fall, and led me well into my *** time bracket.… Continue reading

DT 29771

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29771

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where heavy cloud cover continues to make things gloomy.

The presence of four Xs in today’s crossword suggests that the setter is ProXimal, who has given us a puzzle which I found quite accessible this morning.… Continue reading

DT 29765

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29765

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. My thanks to LetterboxRoy for filling in last week while I was otherwise engaged.

Something of a mixture this morning, with some easy clues to get you started, and others which are more convoluted, and in some cases I’m not convinced that the parsing works properly.… Continue reading

DT 29759

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29759

Hints and tips by LetterboxRoy

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Morning All, sorry we are running slightly behind (almost all my fault – BD).

Fairly straightforward today but enough to think about – many thanks to today’s setter. Continue reading “DT 29759”

DT 29753

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29753

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is shining as I write. Triskaidekaphobics beware!

It will be interesting to see what the commentariat makes of today’s puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29747

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29747

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a damp, grey South Staffs.

For me, this was an extremely rapid solve, because the bits of GK needed fell into my comfort zone, and the wordplay made it easy to work out any unfamiliar terms.… Continue reading

DT 29741

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29741

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a slightly damp morning.

Until I got the first couple of answers in today’s puzzle I thought that it was going to be difficult, but once a few checkers were in place my solving speed increased.… Continue reading