Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29641

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29641

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where I know that Spring has sprung because the swallows are back form their travels.  Unfortunately the weather forecasters don’t agree and say it’s going to go cold and wet for a few days from Wednesday before normal service is resumed next week. Oh well, they aren’t always right.

Today we have a pretty normal Monday puzzle. I thought it was going to be a bit tricky when I only got six of the acrosses on first pass but then the downs came to the rescue in a big way, yielding ten out of the fourteen clues.  The missing answers just filled themselves in after that leaving me wondering why I missed them the first time.  Just being a bit slow I guess.
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DT 29629

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29629

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning.  It’s been a bit cold and wet here recently but yesterday normal service was resumed.  Perhaps spring is about to sprung.

Today’s crossword is pretty standard Monday fare, not too difficult and quite enjoyable.  Going through the acrosses I spotted the  J in 1a and the Z in 21a so I thought we might be in for a pangram but it’s not, it’s missing F, K and X.
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DT 29617

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29617

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning, which makes a nice change after all the rain we’ve had over the last 48 hours.  Last week the covid restrictions were eased a tad and bars were allowed to open their outside seating areas but I don’t think there was much trade done over the weekend.

I know I’ve said this before but today’s puzzle is another example of what has become standard fare on Mondays. Elegant clues and not too much difficulty, although there’s a couple of bits of GK required in this one.  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. 
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DT 29611

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29611

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where the vaccine drought is apparently behind us and (according to reports) we are about to be swamped with the stuff. There are currently some four dozen countries ahead of us when it comes to vaccine rollout performance but, if our leaders are to be believed, we should soon be rocketing up the charts.… Continue reading

DT 29605

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29605

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the Covid restrictions continue.  Bars and restaurants remain closed and we can’t travel outside the Communitat Valenciana.  It’s likely to stay this way until  March 1st  or later.  At least infection rates are coming down and the vaccination programme has started so there’s light at the end of the tunnel – I just hope it isn’t the headlight of an oncoming train!

Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I found today’s puzzle a fair bit trickier than the last few Monday puzzles have been.  It was also very entertaining as some of the pennies dropped so all in all one of the better Monday offerings for some time. I’ll be interested to find out if you guys agree.
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DT 29599

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29599

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where the situation is beginning to look somewhat more positive. Weatherwise, we have been experiencing a run of extremely cold temperatures — but, thankfully, no where near the brutal conditions being faced by Senf further to the west.… Continue reading

DT 29593

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29593

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where everywhere is covered in a fine film of red dust blown over from the Sahara desert. Usually we get it with rain (dirty rain) but this time it blew over as a dust storm last Friday night.

Before I get to the crossword may I first of all offer my apologies if this blog turns out to be a bit sub-standard.  It’s now 0230CET and I’m sat in our kitchen watching Superbowl LV and trying to solve the crossword and write the hints between the plays.  Not easy believe me.

The crossword hasn’t put up much resistance so I’ve gone for ** difficulty but I’ve left the enjoyment at a neutral *** as I wasn’t really concentrating on the puzzle.
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DT 29587

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29587

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing some crisp winter weather. We have been waking up to temperatures around -20° C with a windchill close to -30° C.… Continue reading

DT 29581

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29581

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having some unseasonably warm weather, which is a welcome change from the cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago. 22°C forecast for today and as high as 27°C by Friday, I might have to get my shorts out!

Today we have the usual Monday fare.  Elegantly clued and not too difficult.  A nice start to the crosswording week.
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DT 29575

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29575

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where a state of emergency has been declared and we (along with the rest of the province of Ontario) are under a stay-at-home order.… Continue reading