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 Big Dave – An Update

Just a short update to last month’s post about Big Dave’s health. Bloggers and setters: please read this post about the consequences for you.

BD is still in Hereford Hospital.  At the moment he is in isolation as he has been in contact with someone currently suffering from COVID. Continue reading “Big Dave – An Update”

 Welcome

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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Sunday Toughie 28 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 28 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A definite Toughie today with a lot of the parsings following the solutions by a country mile. My usual dilemma is restricting the hints to about half, as there are tricky bits to most of them. There are not many pure anagrams but I have left the lurkers unhinted, save that they are both reversed.
Anyway, here we go with an evenly split 14/28 hints.

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EV 1551 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1551 (Hints)

Opinion by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I’m delighted to have been given the chance to blog some more EVs, starting with this offering from my fellow hintster and tipster. A prolific setter, Chalicea has a reputation for producing highly accessible puzzles; her definitions, whether of answers or wordplay elements, are usually very precise, often closely matching those found in Chambers.

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ST 3172 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3172 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had all sorts of Prairie summer weather this week including on Tuesday a (very) small tornado about 50 km North of the city with, thankfully, no harm done.… Continue reading

DT 30059 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30059 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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Turning to the back page of the paper to find out whether I’d got a Cephas or a Chalicea crossword to both hint and then prepare a full review, I found an advert for watches! Once I’d refolded the paper, it didn’t take long to decide that once again we have a Cephas pangram.
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Toughie 2900

Toughie No 2900 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks gives us a fun pangram today

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Across

1a    Head of Playboy almost sacking cover model? (5)
PEARL: The first letter (head) of Playboy plus a 6-letter word meaning almost without the outer letters (sacking cover)

4a    Hitter hit fans of a Cardinal (9)
THIRTIETH: An anagram (fans) of HITTER HIT.… Continue reading

DT 30058

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30058

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs om a sunny August morning.

We have a pangra missing the X this morning, which suggests a ProXimal production. I was held up by two pairs of crossing clues towards the end of solving the puzzle, and that pushed me well into *** time.… Continue reading

DT 30053 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30053

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 30th July 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A very pleasant and straightforward Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind reading and important feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 2899

Toughie No 2899 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The word we have to clue in this month’s Telegraph Newsletter competition is ‘smoothie’ – I was tempted to send in ‘Drink in a Silvanus clue? (8)’. Today’s Toughie provides many examples of this setter’s art – many thanks to him.Continue reading