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Toughie 1400

Toughie No 1400 by Osmosis

As much use as a chocolate teapot?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

One of those puzzles where, having completed it, you wonder why you had bothered. OK, I had no choice as I had to write the review.… Read More

DT 27808

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27808

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the Domaine de la Paille Basse in the Dordogne on a bright, sunny but chilly morning.

I found today’s Giovanni to be at the gentler end of his spectrum, though with the usual element of General Knowledge required.… Read More

DT 27803

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27803

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th May 2015

Morning All! This one barely scraped into two star difficulty. I think I quite enjoyed it at the time!.

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Toughie 1399

Toughie No 1399 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This was a typical Kcit puzzle. It was enjoyable enough to solve but it was fairly straightforward and there was nothing in the wordplay to cause any head-scratching

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2795

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2795

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th May 2015

Morning All! A fine puzzle as we have come to expect on a Sunday. My making heavy weather of it was due to a school reunion the night before.

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DT 27807

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27807

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where, following several days of almost July-like weather, we have reverted to somewhat chillier temperatures.

The Canadian Tulip Festival has just concluded with over one million tulips blooming in Ottawa.… Read More

Toughie 1398

Toughie No 1398 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It was great to meet so many blog regulars in Southwark yesterday, with special mention going to our visitors from New Zealand.
There were a number of gimmes today (e.g.… Read More

DT 27806

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27806

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It was wonderful to see so many of our regulars at the George in London at the Sloggers and Betters meeting. I was a bit worried that yesterday’s pleasures might affect my crossword this morning – I managed ok but there were a few tricky bits especially in the SE corner (19d was my last one in) – so I agree with Big Dave’s ratings.… Read More

Toughie 1397

Toughie No 1397 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty * - Enjoyment **

A very accessible puzzle from the popular Shamus, fairly clued as ever but perhaps a bit short of sparkle on this occasion.

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DT 27805

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27805

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An early posting from me today as I’m off to get the train to London, where I hope to see many of you at the S&B gathering later on.… Read More