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DT 26008 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26008 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

You still need to keep your atlas handy for the Saturday puzzle, but at least there are none of those girls’ names to contend with.

If you are using CluedUp today, the quick crossword is a little tricky to find.  The one offered up is actually last Sunday’s Quick GK 108, but if you go to the main puzzles screen and click the right arrow, you will find Q 26008.

Don’t forget that you can give  your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 20th August.

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ST 2496 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2496 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

A friend, himself a setter, emailed me today and described this as “A crossword for connoisseurs”.  Who am I to disagree?   I have given hints for those which I think will cause the most problems.

At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 14th August.

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DT 26002 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26002 – Hints

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

A better-than-usual prize puzzle that, for me at least, was a little spoilt by cluing a place as “in France” when the place concerned has historical significance that surely could have been worked into the clue.

Don’t forget that you can give  your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 13th August.

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ST 2495 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2495 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

This is a crossword for those who love crosswords.  Comparitively easy, so it should be within the reach of most solvers, it has some excellent clues.  I have given hints for those which I think will cause the most problems.

At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 7th August.

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DT 25996 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25996 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: ***

Once again we are presented with an easy prize puzzle.  Don’t forget that you can give  your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 6th August.

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ST 2494 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2494 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Some time during today the view count on the blog will almost certainly reach 250,000 – all achieved in a day or two under 6 months.  I’d like to thank all of you for your support over those 6 months and hope you will stay on for the next 6 months and beyond.

Many of you will be pleased to know that this puzzle is not as difficult as the one from a week ago.

Yesterday and today I am trying an experiment with a new WordPress feature.  At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.  Please remember you are assessing the puzzle and not my attempt to explain it!  If enough of you use this feature then it will be retained for future puzzles, so it’s up to you – vote now.

At the moment the rating system can’t be turned on post by post, which means you can rate any previous puzzle.  While you are welcome to do that (and some already have) it would seem unlikely that the numbers entered will be sufficient for a realistic rating.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday,  31st July.

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DT 25990 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25990 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: ***

As with most Suturday puzzles, this one is quite easy.

For the next two days I am trying an experiment with a new WordPress feature.  At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.  Please remember you are assessing the puzzle and not my attempt to explain it!  If enough of you use this feature then it will be retained for future puzzles, so it’s up to you – vote now.

At the moment the rating system can’t be turned on post by post, which means you can rate any previous puzzle.  While you are welcome to do that (and some already have) it would seem unlikely that the numbers entered will be sufficient for a realistic rating.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 30th July.

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ST 2493 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2493 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

A Sunday puzzle that is tougher than some Toughies.  Each answer must be carefully coaxed from the clue.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 24th July.

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DT 25984 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25984 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This has been a particularly good week, and it does seem that many of the setters are raising their game.  I hope that is in part due to the feedback that they have received from this blog.  While I would expect that some notice is taken of the opinions of the person writing the individual review, it is your comments that have the biggest impact, so keep them rolling in.  Everyone concerned, whether thay be bloggers or setters, is interested in what you have to say.

Now to today’s puzzle.  A improvement on last Saturday, but while the inclusion of two well-known places, and names from art and literature were absolutely fine, I was disappointed by the girl’s name at 26 across.  I do wish that these prize puzzles were a bit harder, but I’ve gone over that ground before.  I was sent a copy of last Saturday’s prize puzzle from The Independent, and it was a breath of fresh air!

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 23rd July.

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ST 2492 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2492 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

Once again, the highlight of the week.  Excellent clues, and some tricky wordplay, for a puzzle that is ideally suited to  a lazy Sunday morning.

A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 17th July.

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