We are 8 (Jan 2017)

Birthday Bash

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The blog will have been going for 8 years on 28th January and to celebrate we will be having our usual Birthday Bash, at the same venue as last year.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 28th January – any time between 12 noon and 7.00 pm. Read More »

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

If this is your first time, or for more information about this site, please click on Read More »

Toughie 1748

Toughie 1748 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all – once again hailing from South Kensington, which is a little less sunny that it was a week ago (though not, at the time of writing, hailing).  … Read More

DT 28332

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28332

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone. I found today’s offering to be a step up in difficulty from yesterday’s crossword, although in hindsight it’s hard to see exactly why. Could just be that wavelength thing.… Read More

DT 28331

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28331

Hints and tips by an apologetic Miffypops (Sorry Mr Kitty)

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I found this to be the easiest of easy crossword puzzles. Rufus has never given me too much trouble but I cannot remember a crossword of his that has been solved so quickly before.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 146

Coder by Fiddlesticks

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MPP 056 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 056

January 2017

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

 

Congratulations to Silvanus who solved the crossword, looked carefully at the grid, found the nine synonyms for cross, answered the question, entered the competition and was the lucky person drawn from the electronic hat by Mrs BD, and so wins a Telegraph Crossword Book.

 

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ST 2883 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2883 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Read More

NTSPP – 363

NTSPP – 363

Apprentice USA by Vigo

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DT 28330 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28330 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 1747

Toughie No 1747 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Two weeks ago when Dutch emailed me to ask if I’d like to stand in for him this Friday while he was off on his travels, we discussed who we thought the setter might be today.  … Read More

DT 28329

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28329

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but it felt harder than that as I was doing it.… Read More