Cryptic Crossword Research – that PDM

“The Penny Drops”

by Kathryn Friedlander and Philip Fine

Philip Fine and I have just published a second article on cryptic crosswords – this time on the ‘PDM’, and how cryptics might help us, as psychologists, to understand the processes behind insight moments. The link is here and the article is free to read on-line or to download as a pdf.… Read More

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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 2056

Toughie No 2056 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi, and welcome to another Toughie Tuesday brought to you by Excalibur, with your furry hinter here to help.  I didn’t find this too tricky but did enjoy the solve.… Read More

DT 28793

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28793

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Just like last Tuesday, today we have a puzzle with seven anagrams.  But unlike last Tuesday, I did not find this to be a straightforward solve.  In fact, the grid fill and parsing took me longer than I've spent on a back-page puzzle for several months.  Motivated by that contrast and by the discussion last Tuesday about the differences between the initial comments and those coming in later, I've been wondering how many visitors to the site today will come here seeking help with some aspect of the puzzle, and how many will come here after completing the puzzle to see what other solvers thought of it.  Under the following spoiler box is a very simple survey that will give us the answer to that question.  If you've read this far, please take ten seconds to answer the single yes/no question and then press the Finish Survey button.  If you want to add a comment but you aren't ready to delurk, you'll find a comment box hiding at the end of the hints.  You can also open the survey in a new window by clicking here.

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DT 28792

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28792

Hints and tips by a curmudgeonly Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Dada Chris Lancaster  for today’s puzzle. (Apologies to all. Chris has just confessed to being today’s setter) As usual a fine start to the puzzling week.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 223

Kitchen Roll? by Hippogryph

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ST 2960 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2960 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where our heatwave and occasional overnight storms continue.

Virgilius, with all the usual superlatives, still being tricky, maybe not as much as last week, with the usual number of anagrams, two lurkers, and one homophone.… Read More

NTSPP – 440

NTSPP – 440

An Alphabetical Puzzle by Knut

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DT 28791 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28791 (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 2055

Toughie No 2055 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was relieved that this proXimal wasn’t overly difficult; I managed it comfortably before the school run. There are some nice anagrams to get you started. And no obscurities, though perhaps I need to brush up on which names are Scottish.… Read More

DT 28790

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28790

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where a cloudy start to the day may lead to some showers this evening (here’s hoping). Triskaidekaphobics can return to bed now.… Read More

DT 28785

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28785

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th July 2018

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

When I checked with a friend to find out whether it was just me suffering from the heatwave, plus an (more than usual) annoying husband, not to mention the unusual grid for this particular Saturday Prize Puzzle that made it so difficult, I asked whether this was Toughie we’d been waiting for ages.… Read More