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Toughie 1458

Toughie No 1458 by Notabilis

Other Fish to Fry

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

A warm welcome to Notabilis for his surprise visit to the midweek slot. Perhaps this one is not as tough as some of his Friday puzzles but it is very enjoyable indeed with lots of penny drop moments.… Read More

DT 27896

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27896

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

We are having computer problems again. Our number 1 laptop with Windows 10 keeps turning itself off after about 5 minutes operating. The very nice Hazel on Microsoft Help Desk could not sort it out in 2 hours yesterday so we have a booked session with a Microsoft engineer tomorrow. In the meantime we are working on our clunky old slower PC and keeping our fingers crossed.
The usual high quality Jay puzzle once again today with a good level of difficulty and enjoyment.

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Toughie 1457

Toughie No 1457 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ****

Misdirections and alternative meanings abound in this very nice puzzle from Shamus which I found more stretching than some Tuesday Toughies.

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DT 27895

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27895

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

It’s a bit depressing to have reached the official start of Autumn without having had much of a Summer. As for today’s crossword I can’t imagine that much help is going to be required from the blog.… Read More

DT 27894

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27894

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The nights are drawing in, children across the land are sharpening their pencils as their parents count down the days on one hand, and here the rain is lashing down over the weekend which heralds the end of summer. … Read More

Rookie Corner – 073

A Puzzle by Silvanus

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Autumn Masterclass (Nov 2015) – Update

Boatman has sent an update:

Places are filling up for my Autumn Masterclass on Saturday 28 November 2015. Grab yours while you can!… Read More

ST 2811 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2811 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

A new TV opportunity for crossword lovers

Cal Lewis is looking for the people with a keen interest in crosswords to take part in a run-through for a new wordplay show that is being developed at ITV.

The run through is not for broadcast, but there will be a small cash prize to be won on the day.

Participants should be fun and creative as the game will require them to race against the clock, and compete against their fellow contestants to try and win the prize.… Read More

NTSPP – 290

NTSPP – 290

A Puzzle by Radler

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