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 »

DT 28463

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28463

Hints and tips by Miffypops

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Unusually for Rufus there is only one full and two partial anagrams today. The rest of the clues are typically Rufusish. Nothing should give too much trouble and there is plenty to smile about.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 168

A Puzzle by Jaffa

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Read More »

ST 2905 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2905 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; apparently summer is here, but, so far, it has been wet and windy, and somewhat on the cool side.

Another very enjoyable puzzle, with Virgilius back in a benevolent frame of mind, which I tackled with my usual diligence – the usual handful of anagrams (including a pair of partials), a lurker, a homophone (both not in the hints), a double definition, and a  few oldies but goodies/recent repeats. … Read More

NTSPP – 385

NTSPP – 385

A Puzzle by Silvanus

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Read More »

DT 28462 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28462 (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 1835

Toughie No 1835 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by KitKat

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

 

A big hello to you all from South Kensington.  While Dutch takes time away from hinterland to spend time instead in Dutchland, KitKat have stepped in to produce our first joint blog created in the same place. … Read More

DT 28461

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28461

Hints and tips by pommers

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello from a rather warm Los Alcázares.  Actually I say it’s rather warm, which it is, but the UK seems to have been a degree or two hotter than here for the last few days. The difference is that here we have another twelve weeks of the hot stuff to look forward to.

This puzzle is definitely one from the “new” Giovanni as there are no obscurities and little or no religious references. It’s a pangram but I didn’t notice until I’d completed the puzzle so it didn’t help me in the slightest.  I enjoyed it a lot.  It’s got a few tricky bits but it fell together reasonably well so I’ve gone for two star difficulty. I’m sure some of you will disagree.
Read More »

DT 28456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28456

A full review by gnomethang

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on Saturday 17th June

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I found this a fairly standard puzzle for a Saturday with a few enjoyable clues.

Read More »

Toughie 1834

Toughie No 1834 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

A very enjoyable puzzle with a nice level of difficulty in that there were very few gimmes and yet nothing that caused a major hold-up. Just what was needed for a hot Thursday morning

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2903

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2903

A full review by crypticsue

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on Sunday 11th June

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

Another splendid Sunday crossword – I’ll pick the double lurker 15a as my Across favourite and 8d as my Down favourite

Read More »