Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29569

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29569

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where we have been spared the very heavy snowfall which is causing chaos elsewhere in Spain.  We had three days of pretty continuous rain and it’s very cold by Costa Blanca standards.  Only 8°C during the day on Saturday and 1°C overnight.  At 0830 this morning when I started this post it was 3°C.  Apparently it will be Wednesday before normal service will be resumed when we are forecast 16°C and wall-to-wall sunshine.  We live in hope. Continue reading “DT 29569”

DT 29563

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29563

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are into the second week of Lockdown 2.0. At the time it was imposed, Ottawa was an oasis of low infection amidst a sea of contagion and many questioned the need for the city to be subjected to these measures and were calling for at least an early end to the lockdown.… Continue reading

DT 29557

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29557

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Hola from the Vega Baja.  I hope you all had as good a Christmas as possible under the current circumstances.  Pommette and I had a quiet time at home having cancelled our usual trip to Benidorm, although we did have a rather enjoyable pizza party with a few friends on boxing day via Skype.

I thought today’s puzzle was fairly benign but still enjoyable.  There’s a couple of veiled allusions Peter Sellers films and one clue that’s spookily similar to one that was in yesterday’s puzzle.  All-in-all I thought it was pretty good.
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DT 29552

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29552

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the traditional Christmas preparations are underway despite there being little prospect of celebrating the festivities with others. The vaccine has begun to be administered but it seems that it will be another six to nine months at least before life returns to any semblance of normality.… Continue reading

DT 29546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29546

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer still continues to hang around.  We had 25°C last Friday which is very unusual for December but it’s a bit chilly this morning.  Overcast as well but the forecast is for improvement as the morning goes on.

I found today’s puzzle at the easier end of the Monday spectrum and nearly gave it a star less for difficulty.  There are a few chestnuty bits and gimmes as well as five anagrams so I don’t think many of you will have had any trouble getting a foothold.  There’s a couple of more complicated clues so ** is probably about right.  As usual I’ll be interested to hear what you all though of it.
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DT 29540

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29540

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where temperatures have been hovering around the freezing point. We have had a lot of cloudy, rainy weather that has pretty well washed away the snow that we got last month.… Continue reading

DT 29534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29534

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a sunny but chilly morning.  I really should be on double time today as it’s a public holiday here.  It’s San Andreas day, the patron saint of Almoradí, and normally there would be a big parade and festivities in the town but with the Covid-19 restrictions that isn’t going to happen this year.

On to the puzzle.  It’s another elegant puzzle as I’ve come to expect on a Monday. I really enjoyed it as there’s enough head scratching material to keep one on one’s toes but a few gimmes to get a start.  There’s also seven clues involving anagrams so I know many of you will be happy.
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DT 29528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29528

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing our first significant snowfall of the year. As I glance outside, I can see that the ground now has a light covering.… Continue reading

DT 29522

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29522

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer seems to have made a bit of a comeback for a few days.  26°C yesterday and forecast 27°C today and tomorrow.  I’m not complaining.

I thought today’s’ puzzle from the double punster was a bit on the tricky side.  Some of the synonyms are a tad stretched so took a bit of head scratching.  However there are enough gimmes and anagrams to give you a good start so it’s quite solvable. I found the tussle quite enjoyable and hope you all did too.
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DT 29516

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29516

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are in the midst of a run of exceptionally warm November days (temperatures in the high teens to low twenties Celsius).… Continue reading