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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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DT 29853

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29853

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

So much for the approaching summer that we have been talking about. The last several days have been very wet with temperatures several degrees lower than we expect at this time of the year. Just hope that it doesn’t stick around to upset people’s Christmas holiday plans.Continue reading

Toughie 2761

Toughie No 2761 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Chris M rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A Toughie on the easier side of difficulty today. Quite enjoyable while it lasted. Just right for those feeling brave enough to start tackling toughies. Continue reading “Toughie 2761”

DT 29852

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29852

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. Today we have a nicely constructed puzzle with no obscure vocabulary or general knowledge required in the solve. I enjoyed it. Continue reading "DT 29852"

EV 1516 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1516 (Hints)

Fear by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords appear in a range of outlets: this will be her 45th EV and solvers will remember her Asian One in the ladies’ month. After last week’s challenge they can be sure of a gentler solve this week.… Continue reading

ST 3137 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3137 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it has been revealed that, while the USA has a Strategic Oil Reserve, Canada has a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve – one has to get one’s priorities in the right order!… Continue reading