Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

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”

DT 29300

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29300

Hints and tips by Jay Gatsby

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good Morning. The sun has got his hat on. Hip hip hip Hooray. Coventry City are sat sitting on the top of their division in the football league. All is well with the world. What more need I say?

Todays puzzle is a typical for a Monday. Nicely accessible. In a rare moment of madness I struggled to solve the anagram at 27 across which held me up on the down clues in that corner. But not for long. I noticed that the first two across clues seemed to connect nicely so I have chosen to illustrate that connection. Continue reading “DT 29300”

DT 29294

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29294

Hints and tips by Our Resident Clown

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A user-friendly puzzle today in a user-friendly grid. What’s not to like. A first read through of clues gave a satisfactory number of answers scattered nicely across the grid. This gave many useful checking letters which helped with the trickier clues.  Continue reading “DT 29294”

DT 29288

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29288

Hints and tips by Merusa’s Mate Max

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Good morning from the sodden heart of Downtown L I. It’s wet out there folks but the sun is shining and the temporary lake formed by the river breaking its banks does look very pretty. Hopefully nobody has flooded and livestock are all ok. Continue reading “DT 29288”

DT 29282

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29282

Hints and tips by Elsie Longstaff

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I felt that I was being transported back in time to meet a former Prime Minister from a couple of centuries ago. Then a playwright, a pair of dancers and a singer from way back in the last century. Continue reading “DT 29282”

DT 29276

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29276

Hints and tips by Jerry Jerningham

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Ecstatic. Brexit and the furore surrounding it is done. Coventry Rugby Football Club beat Cornish Pirates. […and Spurs beat Man City! BD]

Morose. France v England. Dearie dearie me. Continue reading “DT 29276”

DT 29270

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29270

Hints and tips by Earl Tolloller

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There is no food whatsoever in todays puzzle but we get two goes drinking sensible alcohol and we get to bowl at ninepins while listening to hymns, operas and a poor musical from the eighties. Tim Vine also drops in with an example of one of his gags. Continue reading “DT 29270”

DT 29264

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29264

Hints and tips by Harry Hewitt

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the misty heart of Downtown LI. Where nice things happen every day. Today’s good thing so far is confirmation than Allan Scott is indeed the name of our double punning setter. Continue reading “DT 29264”