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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 29809

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29809

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where I’ve had to dig out some long trousers for the first time this autumn.  It’s a bit chilly at blogging time which is a tad earlier than I usually get up.  At least I haven’t had to go as far as socks!

Today we have the normal Monday fare.  As usual there are three or four tricky ones but there are also enough gimmes and anagrams to get you the checkers you need. I don’t think many of you will have much trouble. Continue reading “DT 29809”

EV 1509 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1509 (Hints)

Flow Chart by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor’s crosswords appear in all the outlets for advanced cryptic thematics and you can be sure that he will give you a fair challenge with relatively complex wordplay, a sprinkling of rare words, and something interesting or intriguing to discover and/or highlight in the completed grid.… Continue reading

ST 3130 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3130 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, from Wednesday morning to Friday morning, we were under the influence of the first Colorado Low of this Autumn/Winter season.  In a couple of months time such a weather event would mean two days of the fluffy white stuff but this time we got some very welcome wet stuff to help replenish our drought diminished water table.… Continue reading

DT 29807

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29807

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey morning. Covid booster jab scheduled for this morning.

I found this puzzle reasonably straightforward, with just a couple of pauses for thought.… Continue reading

DT 29802

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29802

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 9th Oct 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A very straightforward Saturday puzzle from Chalicea that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.… Continue reading