100002 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 100002

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100002

A Full Review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Afternoon All!. As usual around Christmas time we get puzzles with many festive references and this one is chock full of them. Many of the clues contain the word Christmas and many of the answers are Christmas related. I found it good fun to solve and not too taxing – just what you need on a busy day. Continue reading “DT 100002”

Enigmatic Toughie 100002

Enigmatic Toughie No 100002 by Elgar

A Perimetrical Jigsaw

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

Hope you’ve all had a grand holiday and are ready for some serious solving. This will probably sit amongst the toughest of the Toughies and features Elgar at his most devious.

If you have never solved a puzzle like this before, don’t be put off. These have been featured in the Guardian as Prize Puzzles about four or five times a year set by the venerable Araucaria. They usually have answers that start with each letter of the alphabet.

The first thing to remember is that although you are solving all of the clues without any checking letters, the clues are in alphabetical order of their answers, so the early clues are likely to begin with A, B or C and the end clues, probably start with letters from T to Z.

To solve this one, I would suggest solving the seven and ten letter clues, which should allow you to place the solutions in the grid. Once the grid is complete, a quotation will appear round the perimeter. In case you are really stuck, the quote will be placed at the end and you can highlight it.

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Toughie 100002

Toughie No 100002 by Osmosis

Signs of the Times

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

I had a bit of a struggle fitting this one in between the roast turkey and the mince pies! An early solve of 8 across is highly desirable as all of the other across clues include a “symbol of 8”.

Just after I started this review, Gnomethang made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and will be writing the hints for the down clues.

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DT 100002 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100002 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Christmas Crossword Club

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Merry Christmas – I hope some of you get around to tackling this web-only puzzle.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

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