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DT 27546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27546

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 19th July 2014

A pretty straightforward puzzle with some good surface readings. I enjoyed this one.

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Toughie 1228

Toughie No 1228 by MynoT

A load of 20 across?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

A relatively straightforward Toughie from MynoT. One enjoyment star has been docked for the howler in 6 down.

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DT 27550

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27550

Hints and tips by mehitabel

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

Good morning to everyone from a cool and, so far at least, a rather hazy morning in Oxford. This is my first attempt at doing most of it “my own self”! Thanks to BD for doing the bits that I can’t quite do yet, to Pommers for all his patience, help and encouragement, and to the rest of you for putting up with any mistakes that I may have made. There is little, if any, doubt in my mind that this is a Ray T production.

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ST 2752

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2752

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 13th July 2014

A big thank you to Virgilius for another fine example of the ‘best puzzle of the week’ -   quite a few double definitions this time but the stand out favourite has to be the laugh-out-loud moment when you ‘get’ 4d.

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Toughie 1227

Toughie No 1227 by Micawber

A Nappy Event

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I must have been very good in a previous life because I’m being rewarded with more than my fair share of Micawber Toughies to blog. We have another excellent puzzle from him today, not too difficult but really entertaining.
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DT 27549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27549

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A 1.5-2* difficulty/3* enjoyment for me today. Thanks to Jay.

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Toughie 1226

Toughie No 1226 by Dada

Double Trouble

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

I’m not sure what has happened to Toro today so I have put this review together somewhat hastily.

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DT 27548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27548

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I don’t wish to be 1a but I really didn’t find much to enjoy here – it all seemed very mechanical.

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The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition)

The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition)

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DT 27547

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27547

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable outing from Rufus today with a tussle and a query at 2d. What is your view? This has been done in the early hours as we are going to the opening of an exhibition of Aviation paintings at The Mall Galleries in London.

Solved silently this week whilst Saint Sharon slept peacefully. I will now go and wake her up to see if she is sleeping alright.

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