Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2794 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2794 (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 27791 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27791 (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

Toughie 1388

Toughie No 1388 by Notabilis

The Road to Wigan Pier

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

Some Friday Toughies are better than others, and this is certainly one of the better ones.

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

Toughie 1384

Toughie No 1384 by Sparks

Don’t call me Shirley!

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

Anoher fine puzzle from Sparks, well worthy of its Friday slot.

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 2792 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2792 (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 27779 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27779 (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

Toughie 1380

Toughie No 1380 by Elgar

100 not out!

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

Congratulations – this is Elgar’s 100th Toughie. In today’s Telegraph it says “Congratulations to Elgar on his 100th Toughie in The Daily Telegraph (plus another six Christmas Day special Toughies on the Telegraph Puzzles website).” and once again they have got it wrong.… Read More

ST 2791 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2791 (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 27773 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27773 (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

Toughie 1373

Toughie No 1373 by Warbler

1066 and all that!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another typical Warbler puzzle– not too difficult but as enjoyable as ever.

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