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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2600

Toughie No 2600 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An easier (relatively speaking) puzzle from Elgar today with particularly clever references to Joe Root and Gareth Southgate. No Nina.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 29609

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29609

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a bright, sunny South Staffs. Still another seven weeks (at least) before I can get a haircut: I’m beginning to feel like that Australian sheep which was featured this week!… Continue reading

Toughie 2598

Toughie No 2598 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I took a little while to get going with this one but once I had a few footholds the answers went in at a rate of knots.… Continue reading

DT 29607

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29607

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve had a very busy couple of days as we have been having ‘The Bach’ re-roofed. We have been allowed to help with the fetch and carry and unskilled bits of the operation. Ross, the expert roofer, is dealing with the finishing touches as we write this.… Continue reading

Toughie 2597

Toughie No 2597 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Silvanus has definitely settled in to the, usually Floughie, Tuesday slot and, 21 Down apart, this was an easy solve. I would be interested to know if non-UK solvers knew about the cartoon couple in 8 Down. Continue reading “Toughie 2597”