Author Archives: Big Dave

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

ST 2739 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now – can you solve the mystery?

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

DT 27460

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27460

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

The only problem I had today was the minute or so that I spent on the wordplay for 13 down before the penny dropped. This lifted the difficulty to just inside a two-star rating.

Toughie 1166

Toughie No 1166 by MynoT

Over, Under, Sideways, Down

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A fairly benign offering from Mynot, which features apposite answers on the four sides.

ST 2738 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2738 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available right now – can you solve the mystery?

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

DT 27456 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27456 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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There’s a new Prize Puzzle available today – why not accept the challenge and solve the mystery?

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.

DT 27454

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27454

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Mindful of recent comments about difficulty ratings, I still think this is easier than a normal back-pager and is definitely one of Ray T’s easier puzzles. All of the usual features are here – the Queen, initial letters, hidden words, a homophone, touches of innuendo and a total lack of two-word answers.

Toughie 1162

Toughie No 1162 by Giovanni

Religious Instruction

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Giovanni provides some religious knowledge in today’s puzzle – a minor hold-up in the north east corner was my only problem.

ST 2737 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2737 (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.

DT 27450 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27450 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.

Toughie 1161

Toughie No 1161 by Osmosis

The Day the Music Died

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

A typical Osmosis puzzle where the difficulty comes from the convoluted clue constructs, which, for me, reduces the enjoyment level. However, 22 across added one star back in!