Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29498

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29498

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a cool but sunny morning.

I didn’t find today’s puzzle too tricky but that might be because the four 15 letter answers all fell fairly quickly to give lots of checkers.  I think if you don’t get them early on then the puzzle may turn out to be made of sterner stuff.  There seems to be a larger than usual helping of anagrams which will please many of you.  I found it quite enjoyable so I’ll be interested to see if you agree.
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DT 29492

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29492

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where today is the Canadian Thanksgiving Day holiday. We 9a (from the Quickie) our neighbours to the south and celebrate a month and a half before they do.… Continue reading

DT 29486

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29486

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer seems reluctant to end, although it is getting markedly cooler during the night and early morning.

Maybe it’s just me but I thought today’s puzzle was a bit trickier than recent Monday’s have been.  I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who though it was a breeze.  There’s a couple of longish anagrams and a couple of chestnuts to give you a start so I don’t think it will prove too difficult.
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DT 29474

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29474

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer appears to have returned since my last blog a couple of weeks ago.  The temperature has climbed over 30°C every day for the last week and it’s forecast to stay the same for the rest of this week.

Today’s crossword isn’t as easy the last one I blogged but I don’t think these hints will be needed much. There’s a couple of meanings of words which I hadn’t come across before but the wordplay is fairly clear so a quick look in the dictionary to confirm is all that’s required.
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DT 29468

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29468

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the cool, wet weather continues. The west coast could certainly benefit from some of our rain, and we would gladly take some of their heat in return.… Continue reading

DT 29462

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29462

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is coming to its end – the temperature hasn’t got over 30°C since last weekend and the humidity has dropped big time.  It’s really very pleasant!

Either I’m on the top of my game today or this puzzle is the easiest for quite some time.  It was my fastest solve ever when in the blogging seat which is the only time I solve against the clock.  Still, it was enjoyable while it lasted. I’ll be interested to see if you found it the same.
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DT 29456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29456

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather pendulum has swung to the other extreme. Whereas July was hot and dry with record-setting high temperatures, August has been cold and wet with below normal temperatures.… Continue reading

DT 29450

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29450

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is continuing big time.  Very hot and sticky and I only bother to put my T-shirt on if I’m going out, and that’s not often in view of the increasing incidence of Covid-19.  Fortunately Alicante province seems to be relatively safe but I’m not risking any more than I have to. Continue reading “DT 29450”

DT 29444

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29444

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where I have no idea what is going on in the world. I returned from spending several days at a campground where I have no access to electricity, newspapers, radio, television, or Internet just in time to do this blog.… Continue reading

DT 29438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the Spanish summer is in full flow,  38°C on Saturday and not much cooler yesterday.  Phew about sums it up!

Today’s crossword is a very pleasant start to the cruciverbal weeks and not too tricky, even though there’s a bit of rather arcane general knowledge required at 23a. At least the answer is fairly obvious so it shouldn’t hold you up too much.  I’ll be interested to hear your opinions of that sort of clue.  Continue reading “DT 29438”