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

 11 Down (and still going strong)

Birthday Bash

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The blog will have been going for 11 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 25th January – any time between 12 noon and 7.00 pm. Continue reading “11 Down (and still going strong)”

 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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Toughie 2370

Toughie No 2370 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Yet another Tuesday Toughie that could not be described as fluffy! I enjoyed this puzzle, and found it to be very fair – I even forgave the slightly dubious definition, “nutritionally, something for youth, it’s said“, of 28 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2370”

DT 29265

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29265

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I found today's crossword to be a fairly straightforward and enjoyable solve.  I have no idea who the setter might be, but they are most welcome to add a comment below so we know who to thank.  It feels like a while since I've welcomed any new commenters to the blog, so if we have any lurkers out there thinking about posting their first comment, today would be a good day to delurk and share your experience with the puzzle.  Continue reading "DT 29265"

DT 29264

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29264

Hints and tips by Harry Hewitt

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the misty heart of Downtown LI. Where nice things happen every day. Today’s good thing so far is confirmation than Allan Scott is indeed the name of our double punning setter. Continue reading “DT 29264”

MPP 092 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 092 – Review

January 2020

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

Ten solutions share a connection but which one lacks the X-Factor?

The theme of American presidents was obvious fairly early on in the solving process – the one lacking the X-Factor was, of course, President Ford, who wasn’t elected (so no-one put an X by his name on a ballot paper!)… Continue reading

ST 3039 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3039 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it got warm enough on Friday afternoon for the start of a snow fall of 20cm which ended yesterday; however, this was less than the amount of snow Vancouver, BC (where it only ever rains!)… Continue reading

DT 29263 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29263 (Hints)

The 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 2369

Toughie No 2369 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A very worthy Friday toughie. I’m in a bit of a rush today. Thank you Gazza for the parsing of 1a!

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 29262

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29262

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is visible as I write, which makes a pleasant change.

This week’s crossword doesn’t contain the trademark four Xs of the last couple of weeks, so is probably not by ProXimal – who’s on Toughie duty today.… Continue reading