Author Archives: Big Dave

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

Toughie 1335

Toughie No 1335 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A typical Kcit puzzle – not too difficult but nonetheless enjoyable.

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.

Across

1a    Building with very loud cracking?… Read More

Now We Are Six!

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its sixth birthday today!

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Is it really six years since, in a moment of weakness, I set up this blog, with the first post published on the following day? … Read More

ST 2780 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2780 (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. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27707 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27707 (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 1332

Toughie No 1332 by Elgar

Come over to the Dark Side

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

Today is that one time in the month when we are treated to a proper Toughie. Charge up your lightsabers and enjoy your trip to the dark side for your tussle with Darth Vader.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2779 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2779 (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. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27701 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27701 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter our January 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.… Read More

Toughie 1328

Toughie No 1328 by Firefly

Men in skirts

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An interesting theme runs through this puzzle – solve 8 Across and the rest should fall into place.

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 2778 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2778 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Less than 7 days left to enter our January 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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

DT 27695 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27695 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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There’s still time to have a go at our January 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.… Read More