Welcome

Welcome to Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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 1665

Toughie No 1665 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

It’s a pleasant surprise to get an Elkamere puzzle on a Wednesday. This is not one of his toughest but it’s full of his trademark cunningly-disguised definitions and very enjoyable.… Read More

DT 28207

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28207

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

 

Kia ora from down-under. Our Spring officially starts tomorrow so that means that the little game we play on our regular walks of “Spotting the first  duckling” will get under way.… Read More

Toughie 1664

Toughie 1664 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Hi everybody, and welcome to the Kittyland menagerie, where Auntie Kitty is 21a.  I bemoan the lack of a collective term for nieces and nephews; my favourite so far is “sibsprogs.” Or perhaps “sibspawn.”  I love them really!… Read More

DT 28206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28206

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Good morning from a rather sultry day here in Shropshire. Today’s puzzle from our Tuesday Mr Ron is a ‘pangram,’ but there is nothing here to send ‘Silver’ and his mates scampering off to the hills.… Read More

DT 28205

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28205

Hints and tips by Miffypops

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good day from the heart of Downtown Long Itchington where all is well with the world. Rufus has beguiled again with a little treat of a puzzle. It is all fathomable from the very fair clueing.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 125

A Puzzle by Jeroboam

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Read More »

ST 2863 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2863 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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 – 342

NTSPP – 342

A Puzzle by Alchemi

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Read More »

DT 28204 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28204 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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.

Read More »

Toughie 1663

Toughie 1663 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Kitty

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

 

Welcome everyone to Toughieland, today brought to you by Elgar.  For me, this puzzle elicited smiles throughout and was well worth the effort.  I found it not impenetrable and was able to get started fairly readily – and if finishing it was considerably harder work, this was at least partly down to silliness on my part.… Read More