Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Rookie Corner 023

A Puzzle by Imsety

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ST 2761 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2761 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Only one week to go to be able to enter the September 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.

DT 27594 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to enter the September Monthly 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.

Toughie 1257

Toughie No 1257 by Beam

Tossin’ and Turnin’

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Much as I like Beam and Ray T, his alter ego, I don’t think even he would have asked for this Toughie to be published on a Friday, the day usually reserved for arch tormentors like Elgar and Notabilis. This puzzle contains most of Beam’s usual signatures like Her Majesty, hidden words and subtle innuendo (but not, this time, a clue where the answer is made up from initial letters).

Toughie 1256

Toughie No 1256 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

What bad luck for Bufo – he has a week off and misses this superb puzzle from Micawber. The difficulty level crept into 4-star territory because I always include the time spent unravelling the wordplay.

ST 2760 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget to enter the September 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.

DT 27588 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27588 (Hints)

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle today!

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.

Toughie 1253

Toughie No 1253 by proXimal

Three cheers for our queer old dean!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A competent but far-from-difficult puzzle from the setter formerly known as eXternal. I’m not sure why this was picked for the traditionally difficult Friday Toughie – in my opinion it would have sat quite nicely in the Tuesday slot.

DT 27585

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27585

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I always enjoy puzzles from Jay. They are (usually) not too difficult and the clues are invariably fair and straightforward. This one is a bit top-heavy with anagrams, but not as bad as yesterday’s Toughie (or so I am told, as I stay sane by having absolutely nothing to do with Excalibur puzzles).

ST 2759 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2759 (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.