Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29880

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 29880

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja on a very pleasant morning that’s unseasonably warm. Forecast to be 22°C this afternoon but cold and rain tomorrow so I’m making the most of it while I can.

The usual splendid Monday fare today. Mostly not too hard but with a few to cause a bit of head scratching.  Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I thought the head scratchers were a bit trickier than normal so I’ve gone for *** difficulty.  I’ll be interested to see if you agree.
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DT 29868

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29868

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather forecast is for a temperature of 24°C this afternoon!  If it happens it would be some sort of record for Christmas week.  Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and here’s hoping that 2022 turns out to be an improvement on 2021 – a Happy New Year to you all.

As for the crossword I’ll just repeat what I wrote last week – elegant clues, not too hard but a couple to cause some head scratching. I enjoyed it a lot and hope you did too.
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DT 29863

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29863

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where I’m doing this blog in the middle of the night due to a bout of insomnia, probably brought on by too much after dinner coffee! Anyway, may I send you all my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

As to the crossword it’s the usual Monday. Elegant clues, not too hard but a couple to cause the head scratching. I enjoyed it a lot and hope you did too.
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DT 29845

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29845

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where storm Arwen has passed us by, although it has been a bit breezy for the last couple of days but bright and sunny. We did have an apocalyptic downpour one night last week but I don’t think that was to do with the storm.

I have to give today’s puzzle only one star for difficulty because I got all but one of the across clues on first pass (it was 24a which eluded me) and then all of the downs.  They don’t have to be hard to be enjoyable and I enjoyed this one while it lasted.  I hope you found it the same.
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DT 29833

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29833

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the mild autumn continues. It’s getting a bit chilly in the evenings now but it’s still T-shirt weather in the afternoons. We’ll probably have to pay for it come January!

Today’s crossword is pretty good as usual on a Monday. I’ve gone for *** difficulty simply because there are two 15-letter anagrams and I’m notoriously slow at cracking any anagram over seven letters.  Most of you will probably see the answers immediately and go for one star.
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DT 29827

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29827

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where we have been enjoying a rather pleasant autumn which promises to continue for at least the next several days with lots of sunshine and temperatures exceeding the historical averages.… Continue reading

DT 29821

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29821

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having a spell of unseasonably warm weather. Yesterday we had 30°C and I had to dig out a pair of shorts which had been put away for the winter about three weeks ago.  The forecast is for high twenties for the next few days so I’m not complaining.

Maybe it’s just me but I thought today’s puzzle was a tad trickier than recent Mondays have been but it has the usual elegance of clueing and enough gimmes to get you a toehold.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you did too.
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DT 29815

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29815

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where overnight temperatures are now edging below the freezing point. We had a lovely weekend but rain is forecast for the entire coming week.

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DT 29809

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29809

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where I’ve had to dig out some long trousers for the first time this autumn.  It’s a bit chilly at blogging time which is a tad earlier than I usually get up.  At least I haven’t had to go as far as socks!

Today we have the normal Monday fare.  As usual there are three or four tricky ones but there are also enough gimmes and anagrams to get you the checkers you need. I don’t think many of you will have much trouble. Continue reading “DT 29809”

DT 29803

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 29803

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we seem to be having a pretty mild autumn which is very pleasant.

Not much to say about the crossword except it’s just what I’ve come to look forward to on a Monday. Not too difficult but elegantly clued with two or three tricky bits to keep one on one’s toes.  Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
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