Friday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29884

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29884

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is trying to break through the early morning mist.

In today’s puzzle 4d was my last one in, and was the only clue that gave me significant difficulty.… Continue reading

DT 29878

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29878

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for the year ahead.

I found this a fairly gentle Friday puzzle to start the year.… Continue reading

DT 29872

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29872

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on the last day of 2021. Some Scots colleagues I worked with were always insistent that one should not wish anyone a Happy New Year until the clock had struck midnight, so I’ll save my greeting until next week.… Continue reading

DT 29867

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29867

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

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Good morning from South Staffs on a foggy Christmas Eve. Best wishes to all those who form part of the Big Dave community, especially the many thousands of people who look at this site every day but don’t post a comment.… Continue reading

DT 29861

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29861

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. Seven more sleeps before the big day, and the Grinches in Whitehall are preparing a great big package of misery for everyone.… Continue reading

DT 29855

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29855

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is attempting an occasional appearance through the clouds.

I completed today’s puzzle quite quickly, hence the ** marking, but probably didn’t fully parse one or two clues until I was writing these hints, so perhaps another * should be added.… Continue reading

DT 29849

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29849

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey December morning.

I thought today’s puzzle was about average for a Friday, though some stretched synonyms in the wordplay held me up at times.… Continue reading

DT 29843

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29843

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on a wet and windy morning.

We have an X-less pangra this morning , which gives us hefty clue about the setter.… Continue reading

DT 29837

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29837

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from South Staffs on another mild, grey November day.

A good Friday challenge, with some definitions that needed a little lateral thinking. Thanks to the setter.… Continue reading

DT 29831

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29831

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp and dreary morning. and, having seen the banner on the site, happy birthday to Crypticsue.

Apart from teasing out the parsing of 3d, where the answer was obvious but the construction wasn’t, I found today’s puzzle to be a steady solve.… Continue reading