We are 9 (Jan 2018)

Birthday Bash

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The blog will have been going for 9 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 27th 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.

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MPP 068 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 068

January 2018

A Puzzle by Radler

 

Congratulations to Geoff Telfer who, having followed the instructions, worked out the anagrams and found the missing capital, entered the competition. Their name was drawn out of the electric hat by Mrs BD, soo they can now choose one of the Hamlyn Daily Telegraph Puzzle Books as their prize.… Read More

ST 2935 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2935 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – ‘weather cycling’ continues; the temperature rises to zero and then slides back down again though not as low as during the first half of the month, and, on Friday morning, Winnipeg was warmer than New Orleans approximately 1,400 miles to the south.… Read More

NTSPP – 415

NTSPP – 415

A Puzzle by Gazza

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DT 28641 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28641 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Yesterday Jan, Tom Pride’s partner, sent me the following email:

“Would you be so kind as to pass on my heartfelt thanks to all your bloggers who posted so kindly about Tom. They were all on show at his funeral. Your readers might like to read his obituary which appears today in The Times.”

The link to the obituary was published in a couple of places on here yesterday – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tom-pride-obituary-dlb609zqs – but this is actually behind the Times paywall.  If you subscribe to the Times you should have no difficulty reading it, failing that you can register with the website and view two articles a week without paying the subscription (which is what I did).  Alternatively you can email me via the contact page and I’ll send you a copy.  I particularly like the bit about us – “Another passion was crosswords; he contributed to a crossword blog and would attend conventions with fellow fanatics from all over the world.”.


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 1955

Toughie No 1955 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today is Toughie No 1955 marking Mr Sheffieldsy’s birthyear, congratulations. Mine was yesterday. I was hoping we would have a Notabilis today, it seemed about time. My first one in was 1d, where I wasn’t sure about the anagram indicator and even started wondering if it was the right setter (to avoid blaming myself), but then everything else fell into place beautifully.… Read More

DT 28640

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28640

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, frosty morning.

Nothing Biblical from Giovanni this week, but a few words which gave me some pause during the solving process.… Read More

DT 28635

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28635

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 13th January 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! A pretty standard Saturday puzzle that I solved in about two star time. There were some divertingly constructed clues that were quite enjoyable to fathom even if the answer pretty much presented itself from the checking letters (although that might not reflect everybody’s solving experience!).

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Toughie 1954

Toughie No 1954 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I hadn’t solved a Donnybrook puzzle before (Kitty has done the only previous blogs of this setter’s puzzles) and so I didn’t know what to expect. I must confess to making fairly heavy weather of it and the time it took me put it firmly in the 4* difficulty zone.… Read More

DT 28639

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28639

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Morning all from a rather cold but sunny Vega Baja.  I was put off this puzzle when I saw the terrible grid which gives you four separate crosswords, only linked by the four 10-letter lights in the centre. The grid coupled with a bit more difficulty than in recent puzzles makes things a bit tricky but fortunately there are enough gimmes to give you a start in each corner so I think most of you will be OK.  I’ll be interested to see if anyone agrees with me.
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ST 2933

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2933

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 7th January 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! This was a classic 2 star time with some excellent surface readings.

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