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ST 2858 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2858 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Read More

NTSPP – 337

NTSPP – 337

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 28174 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28174 (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.

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Toughie 1643

Toughie No 1643 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Notabilis’s usual smooth surfaces, clean elegant wordplay and nicely disguised definitions make for another enjoyable puzzle today. This took me over 3* time since I struggled to finish the left hand side.… Read More

DT 28173

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28173

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where some overnight rain has reduced the temperature a little.

Actually solving today’s Giovanni didn’t take me long, hence ** for difficulty, though in some cases it took me rather longer to sort out the explanation so that I could write the hint.… Read More

DT 28168

Daily Telegraph No 28168

A full review by gnomethang

This puzzle was published on 16th July 2016

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

 

Another typical Saturday puzzle, the only controversy being the spelling of the jet-setter in 7d.

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Toughie 1642

Toughie No 1642 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

On learning yesterday that I was to get a Shamus puzzle today I checked through the archives because I couldn’t remember how I usually fare with them. I discovered that I have never given one less than 3 stars or more than 4 stars for enjoyment.… Read More

ST 2856

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2856

A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ****

I was away from home visiting my lovely grandson (and his mum and dad) when this puzzle was published and, apart from being far too busy having fun, had no access to a printer, so solved this excellent Sunday offering back at work during my Tuesday lunch hour, having managed not to read either the hints or any of the comments in the interim.… Read More

DT 28172

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28172

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where we are enjoying a spell of hot, mid-summer weather with temperatures headed for the 30°-plus range for the next few days.

There is no doubt whatsoever that today’s puzzle is the creation of RayT.… Read More

Toughie 1641

Toughie No 1641 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’ve been having intermittent Internet problems all morning so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can publish this. This is a typical Osmosis offering with lots of detailed wordplay (though with more proper names than usual) and it’s what Kitty might call a Goldilocks Toughie – not too soft, not too hard.… Read More