Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2014)

in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship

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Toughie 1266

Toughie No 1266 by Messinae

Where’s Wallace?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typical Tuesday not-very Toughie with a few smiles along the way.

ST 2763 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2763 (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.

Toughie 1265

Toughie No 1265 by Elgar

Watch out! Vlad’s back

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

Here’s a puzzle for those who have been complaining that the recent Toughies have not come up to the mark. Although not as ferociously difficult as some of his puzzles, at least Elgar offers value-for-money.

Toughie 1262

Toughie No 1262 by Warbler

An ideal back-page puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Such a pity that we only get one Warbler puzzle a month – I would ask her for a back-page puzzle each week. As Toughies go, this was very easy, as a puzzle it was very entertaining.

Rookie Corner 024

A Puzzle by Gepetto

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ST 2762 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2762 (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 27600 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600 (Hints)

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Entries for the September Monthly Prize Puzzle close 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 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.

DT 27597

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27597

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Although this was very much a write-in for me it was still very enjoyable, albeit 1 across is a very old chestnut!