Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Toughie 1296

Toughie No 1296 by Firefly

Son of Yoda

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I first started blogging Toughies I used to enjoy Firefly’s puzzles. No longer.

Toughie 1294

Toughie No 1294 by Petitjean

Just put your lips together and …

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

You never know which Petitjean is going to show up, but I should have been forewarned by the editor’s decision to publish this one on a Tuesday.

ST 2770 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2770 (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 27648 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to enter our November Prize Puzzle.
If you do enter, please read the instructions very carefully.

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 1293

Toughie No 1293 by Sparks

Hiding too much, or vice versa

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

I enjoyed this puzzle from Sparks, in spite of the reservations expressed below.

ST 2769 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2769 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Don’t forget the November 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 27642 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27642 (Hints)

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There’s still time to enter our November Prize Puzzle.
If you do enter, please read the instructions very carefully.

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 1289

Toughie No 1289 by Notabilis

Don’t look back!

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

As always with Notabilis, this was a very enjoyable puzzle. Although a few of the answers were new to me, they were readily derived from the wordplay. Watch out for the reversals – there are six of them in all!

Toughie 1286

Toughie No 1286 by Warbler

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another delightful but easy puzzle from Warbler. I have struggled to fully parse 12 across.

ST 2768 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2768 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle available.

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