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Toughie 1680

Toughie 1680 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello ladies, gentlemen and others.  I wish you a happy Tuesday, if that is not too much to hope for.

Messinae eases us into a new week of Toughies with a charade-rich romp which should be within your reach if you can cope with a hard-ish back-pager.… Read More

DT 28230

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28230

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Shropshirelad has decided to withdraw from blogging duties for personal reasons – I hope he may change his mind at some time in the future.

Today’s puzzle was very ordinary and didn’t take up much of my time.… Read More

DT 28229

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28229

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L I. The sun is shining brilliantly. We cannot see it but it is shining. It always shines. Behind the darkest clouds it still shines.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 129

A Puzzle by Webb

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ST 2867 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2867 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Read More

NTSPP – 346

NTSPP – 346

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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DT 28228 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28228 (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 1679

Toughie No 1679 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Toughie no. 112 for Elgar – that may give you a clue for the Nina, which hopefully won’t be too hard to find (once you’ve done the puzzle, that is!) – but see the end of the review if you get stuck.… Read More

DT 28227

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28227

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny September day.

Not too much piety from Giovanni this morning, but the usual requirements for some General Knowledge – and a novel (to me, anyway) clue construction at 13a.… Read More

DT 28222

Daily Telegraph No 28222

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 17th September 2016

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

A Saturday puzzle which didn’t take long either to solve or type the review. Read More »