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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2717

Toughie No 2717 by Robyn

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 Good morning from the bottom of the Barrel where the Cornish sun which has followed us home is shining brightly and calling us out into the garden. Today’s puzzle has been set by Robyn Continue reading “Toughie 2717”

DT 29786

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29786

Hints and tips by Mr K

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I'm busy making slides for a program review on Thursday, so less time than usual was available to search for amusing pictures to illustrate clues or answers. Which is a shame because this nice puzzle deserves great pictures. It feels to me like the work of our friend X-Type.  Continue reading "DT 29786"

DT 29785

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29785

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’re forecast rain for tomorrow and temperatures not reaching 30°C but then normal service is due to return for a few days.

Today we have the usual Monday elegance but perhaps a little on the easier side of the spectrum of difficulty. Well, I thought it so but no doubt many of you will disagree.
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EV 1505 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1505 (Hints)

Two Straight Lines by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Piccadilly’s last EV crossword was ‘Boricahf’, where we had to solve a Playfair square to find three types of spaniel, so you know that you can expect something unusual.

Preamble:  Each set of clues is presented in alphabetic order of its answers, to be entered where they will fit in one of the four identical quadrants.Continue reading

ST 3126 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3126 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, unlike some other Provinces, Manitoba is more or less ‘holding its own’ against the Fourth Wave with the majority of new cases occurring in a region that has the lowest vaccination rate where the residents presently prefer to rely on Ivermectin, a horse de-wormer (absolutely true), and most of the other bogus remedies coming from our Southern neighbours.… Continue reading

DT 29784 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29784 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Good morning from Warrington, where it’s a dull overcast day. Thanks to Gazza for holding the fort last week. Continue reading “DT 29784 (Hints)”