Author Archives: Big Dave

Big Dave is a retired IT Consultant who lives in the beautiful Worcestershire village of Hanley Swan.

ST 2858 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2858 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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

DT 28174 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28174 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.… Read More

Petitjean – John Pidgeon

It is with great sadness that I learned today that John passed away yesterday.  According to the announcement in the Daily Telegraph “he did not have a battle with cancer; he did his best to get along with it”.

We often joked on here, in the words of Gnomethang, “I always consider that I need to put a ‘slightly mad’ hat on in order to solve a Petitjean crossword.” and he enjoyed this comment so much that he included it in his Wikipedia entry.

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MPP 050 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 050

July 2016

A Puzzle by Alchemi

 

Many congratulations to Beet, the winner of the July Prize Puzzle competition, who wins one of the Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle books as her prize.  I’m not sure what she has on Mrs BD, but this is the third time her name has been pulled out of the electronic hat!

The instructions were that the solutions to 10 clues include double letters, of which only one is recognised in the wordplay. … Read More

ST 2857 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2857 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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

DT 26168 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28168 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.… Read More

ST 2856 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2856 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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 – 335

NTSPP – 335

Thinking Laterally by Phibs

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(Updated Monday, 11th July)… Read More

DT 28162 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28162 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.… Read More

ST 2854

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2854

A full review by Big Dave

This puzzle was published on 26th June 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Gnomey seems to have gone walkabout, so I have put this review together quickly.  While as enjoyable as ever I found this one to be easier than many recent Sunday puzzles.… Read More