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Toughie 1298

Toughie No 1298 by Shamus

Can it really be Tuesday?

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

This is more like it – a decent Toughie on a Tuesday!

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DT 27656

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27656

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I can’t believe that there’ll be much need for the blog today – I found this the easiest back-pager for some time with several old chestnuts. The grid does look as if it should have a Nina running round the outside and I thought we might have one when I saw the word climbing the right-hand column but that was as far as it went. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27655

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27655

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you can attend, come inside come inside. There are a couple of stand out brilliant clues here today but they are over shadowed by an abundance of anagrams hence the lowering of my enjoyment level. The double definition count is high too. A red level chestnut alert is also in place.

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Rookie Corner 033

Extreme Points by Hasslethymi

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ST 2771 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2771 (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.

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NTSPP – 250

NTSPP – 250

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27654 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654 (Hints)

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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 1297

Toughie No 1297 by Elgar

One small step for Elgar …

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

…one giant leap in satisfaction for those of us who like to find a proper Toughie in the middle of the paper.

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DT 27653

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27653

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a misty Novemberish day.

Some fish, some philosophers and a clever construction at 28a in today’s Giovanni, which I found more straightforward than the last couple from him.

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DT 27648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 15th November 2014

I seem to solve Saturday puzzles differently to most commenters – last week I found the puzzle really straightforward and this week it took me much longer than usual to solve the crossword, although looking at it now, I have no idea why.

As for who set it – I’m going to go for a Saturday Mysteron, based on,  amongst other things,   noticing that there are only two anagrams (and Cephas usually gives us more) and seven double-definitions which doesn’t seem very Cephas-like either.

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