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Toughie 1888

Toughie No 1888 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello!  I’m relieved to have been freed from the communication restraints imposed by International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Plain English (translated from the original meows) will suffice for the hints today as Dada brings enough sparkle to the proceedings with a puzzle full of interjections, exclamations and ejaculations (in the grid, and elicited in the solver!). … Read More

DT 28542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28542

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone, and welcome to a back-pager that might be described as Tuesdayish, since it has everything one might want on a Tuesday. … Read More

DT 28541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28541

Hints and tips by a philosophical Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.

Or today is the day you have. Shut up with the moaning and get on with the good things like this crossword puzzle.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 181

A Puzzle by Alan

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ST 2918 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2918 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg; a very very good Sunday after having a TV camera inserted in the interior of my nether regions for the ninth (plus or minus one) time on Friday – once again the search for my brain was unsuccessful, and, thankfully, so was the search for any sign of the return of the Big C.… Read More

NTSPP – 398

NTSPP – 398

A Puzzle by Starhorse

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DT 28540 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28540 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 1887

Toughie No 1887 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Osmosis gives us interesting words in the grid, lovely definitions and inventive wordplay. All is clued immaculately and fairly. My first one in was 10a, followed by 2d which required some untangling.… Read More

DT 28539

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28539

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Sandringham in Norfolk, where we’re staying on the royal estate for a few days (on the Camping and Caravanning Club site, not with HM).… Read More

DT 28534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28534

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 16th September 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday pangram and, like most Saturdays, a few clues to bring out the ‘grumpies’. I haven’t got time to count but there do seem to be a lot of ‘insertions’, anagrams and even an anagram with an insertion too.… Read More