Monday – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 30102

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30102

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where autumn is firmly entrenched with daytime highs in the mid-teens and overnight lows dipping to near frost level. Fortunately, we were well out of the path of hurricane Fiona and thus escaped the devastation that she wreaked on Atlantic Canada.… Continue reading

DT 30096

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30096

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a rather sad day. The UK may be at a standstill but the crossword must go on and this one is a pretty good tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and I think 7d and 9d might count as a Nina. Maybe I’m having an off day but it seemed a tad trickier than normal so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.
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DT 30090

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30090

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the days retain a summery feel but the nights are distinctly autumn-like.

I found today’s puzzle to be on the less difficult end of Campbell’s spectrum but an enjoyable exercise as usual.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30084

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Hola from a cooler Vega Baja.  The temperature is still topping 30°C every afternoon but it’s cooling down in the early hours.  When I got up this morning it was only 24°C!… Continue reading

DT 30072

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30072

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’ve had a few days when the temperature hasn’t topped 31°C, which was a welcome relief after the heatwave. However yesterday it got up to 41C° so the summer isn’t over yet!

Today we have the usual Monday fare which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers. There are eight clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be pleased. As far as I can see there are only two puns in the Quickie which makes a change from my last blog when there were five!
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DT 30066

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30066

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying a prolonged stretch of beautiful mid-August weather with hot days and cool nights with only occasional showers.

Today’s puzzle from Campbell uses several words that are new to me and I am unable to explain one clue.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30060

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the heat wave seems to be coming to an end with scorching temperatures replaced by merely hot temperatures.

I found today’s puzzle from Campbell to lie near the easier end of his spectrum.… Continue reading

DT 30054

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30054

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the very hot weather is continuing.  In fact, last Monday was the hottest day since I moved to Spain with the temperature up to an unprecedented 44°C (that’s 111°F to our American readers) in the afternoon.  It’s been a more normal mid-thirties since but the forecast is for hotter weather from next weekend.  In this part of Spain statistically August 6 is the hottest day of the year so it will be interesting to see what we get next Saturday.

Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with the usual handful of head scratchers. Not too heavy on the anagrams and there seem quite a few clues where part of the answer is lifted directly. Still, an enjoyable puzzle while it lasted.
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DT 30048

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30048

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing very unsettled weather. For the most part it is sunny and extremely hot. However, this also generates very violent afternoon thunderstorms.… Continue reading

DT 30042

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30042

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues but I see from the weather forecasts that England may well be hotter than here for the next day or so.  We’re forecast for a mere 34°C today but I hear England may break its high temp record and top 40°C.  Take care everyone, temps over 40°C can be dangerous.

Today we have the usual Monday fare but with a couple of unusual words so I’ve gone for *** difficulty, although if you know the words it’s pretty benign.  There’s only one anagram, and three partials, so you’ll have to do it the hard way without the free checkers.
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