Big Dave's Crossword Blog – Putting the words to lights – crossword clues explained in plain English

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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2547

Toughie No 2547 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a pangram today which even I couldn’t miss after solving 28a.

Thanks to Stick Insect.

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

DT 29530

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29530

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back home again just in time to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle. Not sure whether it was just us but we certainly took quite a lot longer than usual to get this one sorted. Well into our three stars for difficulty time and even considered a possible fourth one.… Continue reading

ST 3082

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3082

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th November 2020

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

An enjoyable Sunday puzzle with some nice surface readings Continue reading “ST 3082”

Toughie 2546

Toughie No 2546 by Gila

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Good morning from Bonny Barrel where next year’s daffodil count will be far higher than this year. Continue reading “Toughie 2546”

DT 29529

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29529

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. The NW corner of today's puzzle exhibits some interesting symmetry, but it doesn't lead anywhere that I can see.  Perhaps, as is so often the case with patterns observed in crosswordland, it's just a coincidence. Other than that it's a standard Tuesday puzzle.  Nothing wrong with that of course.  Continue reading "DT 29529"

DT 29528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29528

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing our first significant snowfall of the year. As I glance outside, I can see that the ground now has a light covering.… Continue reading

MPP 102 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 102 – Review

November 2020

A Puzzle by Phibs

The Facts of Life

Which entry is the odd one out?

Another splendid MPP from Phibs – a joy to solve and blog, and helpfully when you have the correct answer, you have no doubt that you are right and can submit your entry Continue reading “MPP 102 – Review”

EV 1462 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1462

Incomprehensible by Kruger

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Kruger will not be a new name to thematic cryptic crossword solvers. Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database lists over 130 of his crosswords in the Listener, Inquisitor, Crossword Magazine, Weekend and EV series so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.… Continue reading

ST 3083 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3083 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have had some more fluffy white precipitation and with falling temperatures we are getting close to what has fallen not disappearing until the thaw in the Spring.… Continue reading