Big Dave's Crossword Blog – Page 3 – Putting the words to lights – crossword clues explained in plain English

DT 29428

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29428

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A wildlife report this week.
The NZ dabchick that was a highlight of our walks during lockdown must have decided that it was time to find a new pond. We miss him. 
We were walking on Sunday with some visitors and there was a juvenile fur seal on the main beach.… Continue reading

Toughie 2478

Toughie No 2478 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It’s been a busy morning, including a trip to the doctor for a blood test (an annual one that was due last April!). The usual enjoyment from Chalicea, with a mix of the very easy and the slightly more difficult. Continue reading “Toughie 2478”

DT 29427

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29427

Hints and tips by Mr K

+ - + - + - + - + - + - + - +

BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle to be an enjoyable and rewarding solve, with one or two parses requiring some head scratching.  For me, the top half mostly went in smoothly, but things got more tricky when it came to fitting everything in the bottom.  If our setter is reading, perhaps they could take a bow in the comments below (I have my suspicions – a regular who likes to sprinkle their puzzles with GK and include a couple of smooth long anagrams). Continue reading "DT 29427"

DT 29426

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29426

Hints and tips by pommers

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the very quiet summer continues. Very few tourists about and all our bookings on the apartment have cancelled so there’s not much work to do.

Today’s crossword was about as I’ve come to expect for Monday.  Not too difficult in the main but with a couple of head scratchers.  There seems to me to be a lot of messing about with single letters today.  There’s six clues requiring you to use either the first or last letter of a word.  There’s also six clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be happy.
Continue reading “DT 29426”

ST 3066 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3066 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the typical Prairie summer weather has continued with a couple of ‘heat’ warnings ‘thrown in’ – Friday afternoon was 32 degrees, feels like 44 and yesterday was 32 degrees, feels like 41. … Continue reading

DT 29425 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29425 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Good morning everyone from Warrington!

Thanks to the boss for helping out last week. I’m still feeling a bit drained but have lots to do as I’m representing my colleagues in our redundancy negotiations as well as lots of other challenging things.

Continue reading “DT 29425 (Hints)”

Toughie 2477

Toughie No 2477 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Lots of great misleads today, especially in the definitions – a joy to solve. Not quite a pangram, as we are missing the J.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 29424

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29424

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from rainy South Staffs.

We have a pangra missing X this morning, so we may deduce that the setter is ProXimal. A reasonably challenging puzzle which went well into my *** bracket.… Continue reading