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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2442

Toughie No 2442 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Tattycoram

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from the very still heart of Downtown L I where great excitement has been enjoyed as a Cuckoo has been heard singing his song in the osier beds. The first in many years. Todays Toughie is not too tough although a couple of parsings held me up. Continue reading “Toughie 2442”

DT 29373

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29373

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  I was going to start my intro today with a thought about following the rules, but my brain quickly segued into wondering how many public figures and celebrities come here for help with the Telegraph cryptics.  If any of today's readers fall into that category, we'd all enjoy hearing about your history with crosswords in a comment below.  I found today's crossword to be solid and enjoyable Tuesday fare.  I look forward to reading what you thought of it.  Continue reading "DT 29373"

DT 29372

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29372

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have arrived with a bang and pommers has had to get his shorts out (not a pretty sight!).  

This crossword would probably be a ** difficulty if you don’t spot what it is that all the across answers have in common.  I twigged it after getting four answers and so was able to fill in every across light before moving on to the down clues, hence the * difficulty rating. I don’t know if there’s some significance but all the across answers in the quick crossword have the same thing in common.
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ST 3057

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3057

Hints and tips by Senf

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

Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Weekend puzzles, this post, and all other Weekend posts, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.Continue reading

DT 29371

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29371
The Saturday Crossword Club by Tilsit

What was the last letter you wrote in?

BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment **

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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.  BD


Morning from the Warrington branch of Lockdown Central.

Thanks to BD for covering last week Continue reading “DT 29371”

Toughie 2441

Toughie No 2441 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

This is Elgar’s 149th Telegraph Toughie. Some of you may notice 13 grid entries involved in a theme, which of course is not essential to the puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29370

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29370

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, with an overcast and breezy start to the day.

Some clever cluing in today’s puzzle, but also one or two which didn’t really work for me, so that untangling them took me into *** time.… Continue reading

Toughie 2440

Toughie No 2440 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A proper Toughie – not helped by the fact that we have that grid which gives us four separate mini crosswords – this time I found that solving the left-hand side of the crossword was (relatively) more straightforward than the right. Continue reading “Toughie 2440”