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

 Setters and Bloggers Update – August 2022

Thank you to everyone who has sent puzzles to be featured in our various slots.  I hope the feedback has been encouraging and will inspire you further.

We currently have enough NTSPP puzzles to run until mid-October, but our Rookie Corner puzzle stock is running slightly low.


If you would like to have a try in the RC slot, we welcome your submissions, but they should comply with the following guidelines: Continue reading “Setters and Bloggers Update – August 2022”

 Big Dave – An Update

I want to update you on the latest news about BD. The previous update can be found here.

At the moment, Dave has now been moved to his local Cottage Hospital in Malvern, where he is currently resting and having his condition assessed and treated.

He has still been having phone and IT problems which have limited his access to the site, but he has been updated on all the kind thoughts and wishes everyone has been sending through.… Continue reading

 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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2905

Toughie No 2905 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from Barrel. A newly formed desert geographically. A Cultural desert has been avoided narrowly by a well crafted Chalicea Toughie. If you are sitting comfortably then I will begin


1ac.… Continue reading

DT 30066

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30066

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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

Sunday Toughie 29 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 29 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio was the first to do successive Sunday Toughies (#8 and #9) and here he is again with #28 and #29. what’s the betting that I get Zandio on Friday when I stand in for Deep Threat again?

Not the trickiest Sunday Toughie ever tackled but still a good workout for the brain. I see that it is the free-to-access puzzle today, so a few more people should be able to have a go. I do wish the powers that be at the DT get the Sunday Toughie available on the app as that would also boost the audience for these fine puzzles.

Anyway here we go with an evenly split 14a and 14d clues half hinted.


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EV 1552 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1552 (Hints)

Instruction by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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For the Numpties’ return to hint-writing (we’ll be alternating with Phibs from now on) it is a pleasure to begin with a crossword by Piccadilly who, as we said when writing hints for his last EV where he gave the postal address for Telegraph crosswords, has been setting crosswords for 33 years and EVs since 1995 – this one is his 51st Enigmatic Variations crossword.… Continue reading

ST 3173 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3173 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are in our longest rainless period, apart from a millimetre or two here and there, of the summer.  Thankfully, nowhere near as hot as last year and not as hot as most of the UK. … Continue reading