Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29372

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29372

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have arrived with a bang and pommers has had to get his shorts out (not a pretty sight!).  

This crossword would probably be a ** difficulty if you don’t spot what it is that all the across answers have in common.  I twigged it after getting four answers and so was able to fill in every across light before moving on to the down clues, hence the * difficulty rating. I don’t know if there’s some significance but all the across answers in the quick crossword have the same thing in common.
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DT 29366

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29366

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend that traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of summer. The risk of overnight frost is supposedly past and gardeners can begin exercising their green thumbs.… Continue reading

DT29360

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29360

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where the lockdown is being eased a little from today.  I’m in no rush to go anywhere though as it doesn’t mean the virus is any less dangerous, it just means they have room for me in the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital Vega Baja.  I’ve been there before with lung problems, as some of you may remember, and I do not want a repeat experience.

Today’s crossword is pretty straightforward.  I got eleven of the acrosses on first pass  and all but two of the downs.  There’s enough anagrams for those that like them and two are fourteen letters each so if you crack them there’s plenty of checkers available.
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DT 29354

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29354

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where spring has finally made its belated appearance. The city will soon be awash in colourful beds of tulips in full bloom — the bulbs being an annual gift from the people of the Netherlands in gratitude for Canadian troops having liberated their country at the end of the Second World War.… Continue reading

DT 29348

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29348

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where spring has sprung but the lockdown continues until May 9.  Temperatures forecast to be in the mid to high twenties for the next week with plenty of sunshine so if I have to be stuck in the house and garden at least it will be comfortable.

Like the last puzzle I blogged I found this one about average for both difficulty and fun factor so ***/*** seems about right again.  There’s a couple of bits of GK required and not many anagrams, but there’s a few gimmes to get you going so I think most of you will get on with it OK.  I’ll be interested to see what you all made of it.
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DT 29336

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29336

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where pommers is getting a bit “stir crazy”.  We had the flood last year and now we have the plague so I fully expect we’ll have a plague of locusts later in the summer.  Biblical or what?

Today’s crossword was one I found about average for both difficulty and fun factor so ***/*** seems about right.  There’s some tricky bits and some gimmes and only three clues involving anagrams so I’ll be interested to see what you all made of it. Continue reading “DT 29336”

DT 29330

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29330

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***


My apologies for the late release of the review today. For some reason unbeknownst to me, the review did not publish automatically as scheduled this morning and I had to go in and give it a nudge to wake it up.Continue reading

DT 29324

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29324

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the still locked down Vega Baja. It’s not been too bad so far because the weather has been cold and wet for the last three weeks so one doesn’t really feel like going out.  A trip to the local bar would be nice though.

Today’s crossword was all set to be a one star difficulty when I got all but three of the acrosses on first pass but there’s a couple near the bottom that held out for a while so I’ve gone for two stars.  I count seven clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be pleased.  Two of them are fourteen letters so you get a lot of checkers. Continue reading “DT 29324”

DT 29312

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29312

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the locked down Vega Baja.  At the risk of incurring a large fine I’m not allowed out of my house for any reason apart from essential journeys.  These include trips to food stores, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, tobacco shops and, bizarrely, hairdressers and dry cleaners.  Apparently, if you’re going suffer from coronavirus in Spain it’s important to have a smart hairdo and a clean suit. Actually there’s not much point in going out as all bars and restaurants are closed.  I think I’m going to be doing a lot of crosswords.

On to the puzzle.  I’m not sure but I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a Monday puzzle before so it’s been a bit of a new experience for me.  It wasn’t too difficult but a couple of tricky bits to keep us on our toes.  A few anagrams and a few gimmes to give a good start so I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
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DT 29306

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29306

Hints and tips by Katniss Everdeen

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

After a chickenless couple of months we have now re-homed a dozen hens from a farm just down the road. They do look a sorry sight and have no idea what to do with the space they have. A couple of weeks should sort that out. My grandson Harrison’s face when he opened the first box and saw two eggs laid on the journey home was a picture. Nine eggs so far today. All we need now is a cockerel to keep an eye on the girls Continue reading “DT 29306”