Author Archives: Big Dave

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

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

DT 28719 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28719 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Many happy returns to Her Majesty on the occasion of her 92nd birthday, and to all those who share this day, including Chris Lancaster, Libellule and last, but not least, myself.

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 28713 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28713 (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.… Read More

DT 28707 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28707 (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.… Read More

Telegraph Puzzles website – downtime

Advance Warning

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The Telegraph Puzzles website is going to be unavailable, due to essential maintenance, from midnight to 5 am BST on Tuesday 10th April (i.e. Monday night into Tuesday morning).

This means that we will have to wait to find out the identity of HALLESSI (see

http://puzzles.telegraph.co.uk/site/article_full_details?article_id=81 )!… Read More

Toughie 1999

Toughie No 1999 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I don’t get to review many Toughies these days, but Dutch’s temporary absence has given me a chance.  I usually find proXimal’s puzzles to be challenging but unmemorable and sadly, for me, this one is no exception.… Read More

DT 28695 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28695 (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. Although I try to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read the instructions in red at the end of this post.… Read More

NTSPP – 423

NTSPP – 423

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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DT 28689 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28689 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Greetings to all our Irish friends on St Patrick’s Day – let’s hope the England Rugby team are less generous later today! [Well,at least Spurs won, so the day wasn’t a total disaster.]

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 28683 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28683 (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.  Although I try to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read the instructions in red at the end of this post.… Read More