Mr K – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 30664

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30664

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. I thought that there was quite a lot of complex and convoluted wordplay lurking in this puzzle, so if that’s your thing you likely enjoyed it. Sadly, all my available blogging time today went towards unscrambling the wordplay, so there was no time left to search for pics. I will try to remedy that next week.  Continue reading "DT 30664"

DT 30652

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30652

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday.  Today’s finely-crafted puzzle has a grid that when filled contains every letter of the alphabet except X, one signature of our regular Friday setter proXimal.  Tight wordplay and lots of smiles also suggest that the puzzle is one of his. If so, thanks to him for brightening my Thursday evening.  Continue reading "DT 30652"

DT 30640

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30640

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Thanks to Gazza for stepping in at very short notice last week. I’m still travelling, which unfortunately means there was no time to look for pictures.  Things should be back to normal next week. Continue reading "DT 30640"

DT 30628

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30628

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Today’s quirky and enjoyable puzzle was more straightforward than we sometimes get from this setter.  Continue reading "DT 30628"

DT 30622

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30622

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Today’s offering felt more straightforward than recent Friday puzzles, which I know some readers will appreciate. I didn’t find anything obscure to hyperlink, or any wordplay complex enough to warrant a detailed explanation, but I did find a lot to enjoy.  Continue reading "DT 30622"

DT 30616

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No Crossword 30616

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. I found it tricky to gain a foothold in this puzzle’s grid, perhaps because there are a lot of answers with unchecked first letters and that’s combined with a low anagram count. But the struggle was worth it because there were several smile-inducing penny-drop moments encountered on the way to a fully solved puzzle.  Continue reading "DT 30616"