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Update: 24 May 2022

A fix provided by Mr K has just been implemented. So far it is looking good.


Bloggers are still adding spoilers to appropriate puzzles. However changes made to some browsers (or addins) make it appear that there are no spoilers. We are aware of this problem and will see if we can overcome it. Meanwhile, only write to me if you can help with solving the problem and please don’t discuss it in the comments.… Continue reading

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Welcome to Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2859

Toughie No 2859 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

An entertaining puzzle from Hudson – thanks to him. There are several of what we call 25s amongst the clues.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29997

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29997
Hints and Tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Good morning everyone from a cloudy but warm South Devon. A sea swim beckons.

I found today’s puzzle very much at the gentle end of our setter’s spectrum, Continue reading “DT 29997”

DT 29996

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29996

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week. Carol is away gallivanting with a group of very long term friends.

I notice that the Toughie is by Logman so this delightful, tricky in places, puzzles is almost certainly not by Jay.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 16

Sunday Toughie No 16 by Zandio

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 15th of May 2022

Across

1a    Winter event in sierra — promptly take a tumble (8)
SNOWFALL:    According to his weather reports Senf sees quite a lot of this winter event.… Continue reading

DT 29995

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29995

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I thought that today's back pager was just excellent, with many clues having clever twists and turns lurking beneath smooth surface readings. A few amusing topical references too. I would very much like to see more puzzles like this.  Continue reading "DT 29995"

DT 29994

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29994

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather is a lot better than it’s been in Ottawa.  I’m here again this week because Falcon is without electricity after a massive storm, with 130km/hr winds, hit the province of Ontario and knocked out the power to hundreds of thousands of people, including him.

There seems to be a bit of a literary theme to today’s puzzle.  We have two famous novels, an actress, a pair of comedy actors and a dramatist.  It’s not too difficult but certainly not at the easy end of the spectrum.
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