Author Archives: Big Dave

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

DT 27761 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27761 (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

Cambridge S & B (2015) – Update

A message from Sil van den Hoek:

For those who missed or forgot about the pre-announcement last December, this is a reminder that there will be a Sloggers & Betters event in Cambridge on Saturday 25 April.… Read More

Toughie 1368

Toughie No 1368 by Osmosis

Rockin ‘n’ Rollin’

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

There were rather too many (five of each, highlighted in yellow below) first/last letter constructs to lift the enjoyment level of this otherwise competent puzzle.

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

Toughie 1365

Toughie No 1365 by Messinae

Bullseye!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A puzzle that, in common with many Tuesday Toughies, would sit happily on the back page.  Thanks to Pegasus for pointing out the Nina in columns 1 and 15 which nicely ties in with 5 Down.… Read More

MPP 034 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 034

March 2015

A puzzle by Alchemi

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Alchemi’s latest MPP had an interesting twist.  Eleven of the twelve three-letter abbreviations for the months of the year were hidden in the puzzle – solvers had to identify AUG as the missing month. … Read More

ST 2788 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2788 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 27755 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27755 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter our March Prize Puzzle

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 1364

Toughie No 1364 by Sparks

Escape from the Labyrinth

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

An excellent puzzle to end the week. My only problem was with the wordplay for 18 Across.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

ST 2787 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2787 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s less than a week left to enter our March Prize Puzzle

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

DT 27749 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27749 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Why not have a go at our March Prize Puzzle?

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