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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 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 30107 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30107 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A lovely autumn morning in East Kent with an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle to solve. We have to play Guess the Setter this morning and my 50p would probably go on this being the work of Chalicea, mostly because of the solution to 19d having a less usual definition.
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Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading

DT 30106

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30106

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

After last week’s topsy-turviness, back to a regular roster of setters for this week.  So, which member of the Friday triumvirate do we have today? … Continue reading

DT 30101 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30101

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 24th Sep 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A friendly and straightforward Saturday puzzle from X-Type that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 2931

Toughie No 2931 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for an entertaining puzzle containing two first-rate all-in-one clues for which I’ve awarded an additional half-star for enjoyment. There is a Nina for which you need to arrange the four three-letter answers in a specific order.Continue reading

DT 30105

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30105

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to a RayT Thursday crossword that produced lots of smiles during the solve. I felt a little off-wavelength today and, since the hinting deadline leaves no breathing space for putting a puzzle aside to percolate, I had to turn to the Chambers Crossword Dictionary a few times in my search for synonyms. I’m blaming a day full of meetings and PowerPoints.  Continue reading "DT 30105"

DT 30104

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30104

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last Sunday we moved our clocks forward one hour. This gives us longer evenings for leisure activities but also has the effect of moving the time the puzzles come available. For a few weeks, until you move your clocks back on 30th October, our solving time starts at midday instead of 11am.… Continue reading