Author Archives: Big Dave

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

DT 28432 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28432 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Many thanks to Tilsit for holding the fort while I was in Nottingham last week.  My pictures can be seen here, with more from Lynette (Joyce of Bert and Joyce) to be added later [update: now added].… Read More

DT 28431

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28431

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Deep Threat is on holiday until the end of June.

A straightforward puzzle from Giovanni – with a nod towards the forthcoming General Election.

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

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28420 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Thanks to all, especially the generous lady who sent me a cheque, for your support of our Open Gardens weekend, which raised over £6,200 for our local churches.  Thanks also to Tilsit for stepping up to the mark to provide hints for the last two Saturdays.… Read More

Toughie 1806

Toughie No 1806 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Big Dave & Bufo

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

Bufo’s review got lost somewhere in the ether so I have put this alternative review together quickly. Without 4 Down the difficulty level would have been just two stars.… Read More

SP – 001

Special Puzzle – 001

“Candidats” by Alchemi

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Toughie 1798

Toughie No 1798 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

Many thanks to all for your good wishes for my cataract operation last Tuesday – all went well. The only problem is that my eyes are currently out of sync which makes reading and writing more difficult.… Read More

DT 28402 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28402 (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

DT 28396 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28396 (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

Site Problems – 3rd April 2017

I still have no idea why the site was unavailable yesterday – the problem went away between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm just as quickly as it appeared.  I have created a new website – this one is on wordpress.com – for use if, and only if, this problem happens again.  I was able to issue a link on the blog’s Facebook page and the new site has already achieved over 300 page views. … Read More

DT 28390 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28390 (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