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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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BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2015 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.

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Toughie 1284

Toughie No 1284 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I found this to be a trickier than usual Kcit puzzle. It didn’t help that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention because I had to keep an eye on a 5-year-old at the same time that I was solving it. Even so I think it was definitely in the 4-star difficulty zone. It was an enjoyable puzzle in which some of the wordplay needed a bit of thought.

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DT 27634

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27634

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a beautiful autumn morning with not a cloud in the sky but there is a slight nip in the air. I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production as Her Majesty is in attendance and all but one of the clues are eight words or less.  Not very much in the way of innuendo and perhaps a few more anagrams than RayT usually includes, which I know will please many of you. There are also three hidden word clues, two of them reversed, so I reckon a certain lady blogger might be pleased to be giving this one a miss.

I found it very enjoyable and not too taxing so I’ll be interested to see your comments.

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ST 2766

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th October 2014

Morning All! THere were some lovely cryptic and double definitions here and the rest worked really well as well!

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Toughie 1283

Toughie No 1283 by Elkamere

Elementary, my dear Watson

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m pretty sure that I completed this in record time for an Elkamere or Anax puzzle, which means either that I’m getting better at them (unlikely, given the rate of disappearance of my brain cells) or (more probably) that Elkamere is in a charitable frame of mind. That said, I did enjoy it a great deal, especially the brilliant 5d and 11a.
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DT 27633

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27633

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

We had a beautiful fine Spring morning for our walk earlier but now, as it often does at this time of the year, a wind has built up and the sky is grey. Just the weather for solving and blogging crosswords.

Good fun again from Jay and we thought it was just a little easier than last week’s.

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Toughie 1282

Toughie No 1282 by Shamus

Mungo and Jerry

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The traditional easy start to the Toughie week, but nonetheless an entertaining puzzle.

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DT 27632

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27632

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly solid puzzle today – no great laughs but nothing to complain about (I’ve stopped complaining about the use of ‘on’ to mean ‘precedes’ in across clues such as 10a because it occurs so frequently). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27631

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27631

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

The usual gentle start to the week from Rufus.

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Rookie Corner 029

A Puzzle by Futhark

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