Sloggers and Betters XIV

Sloggers and Betters XIV

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What? The 14th annual “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.  Start by looking in the Parliament bar (first door on the right) or just outside (depending on the weather) – fellow cruciverbalists are not hard to find.

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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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ST 2947

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2947

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th April 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another great Sunday crossword. I gave ** to 23a and 1* to 15a. I could only award 4* for enjoyment as yet again, probably only noticed by someone typing the review, there’s a whole lot of ‘inserting’ going on.… Read More

DT 28723

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28723

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where spring has finally made its long-delayed appearance. I found 15a rather poignant as Canada has suffered more than its share of such events lately.… Read More

Toughie 2009

Toughie No 2009 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Stick Insect’s previous Toughies have been on the easy side prompting Bufo to say (Toughie 1926) “I’d like something more challenging next time”. Kitty maybe had a premonition of harder things to come in her review of his most recent Toughie (1984) asking “Are things about to get stickier?”.… Read More

DT 28722

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28722

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Today is Anzac Day in our part of the world. It is the equivalent of what most of you would understand as Remembrance Day.… Read More

Toughie 2008

Toughie No 2008 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome all.  There’s nothing too fiendish here, but clues constructed seamlessly enough to provide some challenge and all very nice indeed.  What more could we ask of a Tuesday Toughie?… Read More

DT 28721

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28721

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello everyone.  I found this offering meatier than last week's puzzle, with some nice dollops of originality sprinkled throughout the clues.  Just right for a Tuesday, I'd say.

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DT 28720

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28720

Hints and tips by a messy Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Today we have a cracking puzzle from Chris Lancaster. Not as stinky as last week. The user friendly grid led to some answers (9d for example) becoming obvious from the checkers.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 211

A Puzzle by Zulu

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MPP 067 – Review

MPP 071 – Review

Jumbled Perimeter by Alchemi

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The instructions were:

The perimeter of the grid contains a simple arithmetical expression, but the letters on each edge are anagrams of the words (one word on each edge).Read More

ST 2948 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2948 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg –  where, on Tuesday, we had the first (positive) double digit day since October 25th of last year.

The usual excellence from the Sunday Maestro – another tricky puzzle but probably not as tricky as last week – the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and two and a half homophones.… Read More