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Toughie 1867

Toughie No 1867 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everybody, and welcome.

I haven’t done many Toughies recently but this did strike me as a “proper” one, though they do come harder.  I surprised myself elsewhere in the grid but had some trouble filling the NW. … Read More

DT 28509

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28509

Hints and tips by Senf

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg. What better way of returning to normality after my two weeks of volunteering at the Canada Summer Games than two hours in the dentist’s chair on Monday afternoon at the beginning of the week.… Read More

DT 28504

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28504

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 12th August

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I  put this just at the end of two star territory.

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Toughie 1866

Toughie No 1866 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A slight hold-up at the very top of the grid pushed this pleasant puzzle up to the average difficulty level.

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DT 28508

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28508

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Morning all and welcome to a non-RayThursday.  The weather here continues to be stonking hot and it seems to have fried what’s left of my brain because I had a bit of a struggle getting into this one.  However, it all came together eventually after just creeping into *** time.  It will be interesting to see how many of you thought it was a doddle.
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ST 2911

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic 2911

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 6th August

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The sun was shining, Virgilius provided us with another lovely Sunday prize puzzle – the East Kent courgette mountain was slowly being dealt with – a perfect day all round. I ‘really liked’ 11a, 28a and 1d, but the one I’d give the gold medal to has to be 22d

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Toughie 1865

Toughie No 1865 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We continue to be entertained by puzzles from the late John Pidgeon over a year after his untimely death. I thought that this was one of his gentler ones but as enjoyable as ever.… Read More

DT 28507

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28507

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
              Another rainy week here.
               It took us a little while to get a toehold on this one and we enjoyed the challenge so we have given it good ratings for both difficulty and enjoyment.… Read More

Toughie 1864

Toughie No 1864 by MynoT

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

MynoT starts off the Toughie week – the difficulty rating being  a reflection of the fact that some of the clues definitely fell into the ‘took longer to explain than solve’ category

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DT 28506

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28506

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to across or down hints, quickie pun, or comments]  Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday Telegraph Cryptic.  We’re back in straightforward and solid territory this week.  Nothing too taxing in the solve and a few smiles along the way, although no real laugh out loud moments for this solver.  Surprisingly, we have just three anagrams today, and they're all found among the down clues.  But for me the most striking feature in today's puzzles was the pattern in the Quickie answers.… Read More