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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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Toughie 1296

Toughie No 1296 by Firefly

Son of Yoda

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I first started blogging Toughies I used to enjoy Firefly’s puzzles. No longer.

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ST 2769

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2769

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 9th November 2014

Another nice Sunday puzzle, this one with a couple of military references as befits a puzzle published on  Remembrance Sunday.

 

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DT 27652

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27652

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from a cold and chilly Ottawa where the ground is covered with a few inches of snow. It’s hard to believe that only five days ago I was on the golf course.

This is a DNRT (definitely not Ray T) day. I thought that it was a rather enjoyable exercise today that crept into the lower end of the *** difficulty range.

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Toughie 1295

Toughie No 1295 by Giovanni

More Sherry, Vicar?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This one from Giovanni was not too tricky apart from one unknown (to me) word at 18d, which was difficult to solve without a bit of trial and error. At one stage I thought we were getting a theme based on songs about young ladies but two isn’t really a theme – although I did end up humming the tunes all morning.
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DT 27651

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27651

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

A rather gentle one from Jay this week we thought. A good range of clue types but we would not expect too many horses to be frightened.

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