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ST 2753

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2753

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 20th July 2014

Trickier than the previous few Sundays but the usual  real treat of a solve.

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DT 27556

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27556

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from a wet and very cool Ottawa. We were having quite a pleasant summer up until a week or two ago, but lately the lovely weather seems to have decided to go elsewhere.

Today’s workout did not work up much of a sweat, but I did find it quite enjoyable while it lasted. It would appear be Mr. Ron in the setter’s seat today as the puzzle bears none of the telltale marks of RayT.
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Toughie 1231

Toughie No 1231 by Giovanni

You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There were one or two clues that needed a bit of thought but on the whole this was a fairly straightforward Toughie.
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DT 27555

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27555

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The usual good stuff from Jay.  A 1.5*/3* difficulty/enjoyment rating. Thanks to Jay.

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Toughie 1230

Toughie No 1230 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A straightforward but rather good (I thought) puzzle from Shamus today. Apologies for the delay in posting and the lack of multimedia enrichment but work meant I wasn’t able to start until after the usual posting time.

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DT 27554

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27554

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I was held up in the NE corner which I found pretty tricky with two intersecting answers (10a and 7d) which I’d never heard of. Both of these are related to North America and I wonder whether today’s Mr Ron has transatlantic roots. Do let us know how you fared.
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DT 27553

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27553

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Almost a read and write today with a few clues only opening up once checking letters were in. The seven anagrams should assist newcomers to cryptics. Elsewhere we have a fine mix of double definitions, hidden words, charades and all in one clues. The usual paraphernalia associated with that funny little world we inhabit – Crosswordland. Happy birthday to Saint Sharon.

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Rookie Corner 016

A Puzzle by Phito

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ST 2754 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2754 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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NTSPP – 233

NTSPP – 233

A Puzzle by Skipjack

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