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

 Site Housekeeping for July and August 2022 – for Bloggers and Setters

It looks like Big Dave will still be out of action for quite some time, so just a few bits of housekeeping for the next few weeks, and while the boss recovers.

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 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 2881

Daily Telegraph Toughie No 2881

Subscribers to the digital only edition of The Daily Telegraph were treated to an early publication of Toughie 2881 which should not have appeared until tomorrow. In fairness to those who have yet to see Toughie 2881 a full review will appear tomorrow Tuesday 5th July 2022 at 2.00pm

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Tuesday Gila. Wednesday Giovanni.… Continue reading

DT 30030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30030

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where July has arrived with a bang. As I write this it’s only 0900 and the temperature is already 28°C with a top of 32°C forecast for this afternoon.

Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers.  There are seven anagrams and some of them are quite long so if you can crack them you’ll get a load of checkers to get you going.  I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
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Sunday Toughie 23 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 23 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I stared at a virtually empty grid for ages until the pennies started to drop, but that was a real toughie. On the grounds of difficulty, I am struggling to leave any unhinted but here we go. I will try and toss in a bonus pic hints but as most of Sunday so far has been spent wrestling with this I may be brief. This won’t get the baby bathed so here we go…

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EV 1546 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1546 (Hints)

Elementary I: Staying Alive by X-Type

Hints and tips by Phibs

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After almost two years and ninety-five puzzles the Numpties are taking a well-deserved break this month. I am delighted to have been offered the role of locum tenens, and I’m looking forward to being your guide as we navigate a path through the next five puzzles. The prefix to the title of today’s offering suggests that it could be the start of a linked series – time alone will tell (‘cos I won’t!).

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ST 3167 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3167 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, for those of you who are counting, at 1:00pm yesterday in our respective time zones in the Northern Hemisphere, and because of ‘springing forward,’ this year of 2022 became ‘half over’ – I have no idea how it works out ‘Down Under’ although I think they are on ‘Standard Time’ at the moment.… Continue reading

DT 30029 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30029 Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)

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Greetings from Warrington, a big thank you to Senf for holding the fort for the last few weeks. It’s been a bit crazy in work and I have also had a few other things to attend to. Continue reading “DT 30029 (Hints)”

Toughie 2880

Toughie No 2880 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We have a little (6,3) Nina at the top centre (and a strong hint in 22a) relevant to today. Some of these clues took me a long time to parse!… Continue reading