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Toughie 1460

Toughie No 1460 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Well, last night Elkamere/Anax (bass) & I (guitar) did the open mic session at the Goose (or SnowGoose in full) in Macclesfield. This was a first, and none of it was prepared.… Read More

DT 27898

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27898

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs

I took a while to get going on today’s Giovanni, perhaps because I like to work down from the top of the grid, and this time the bottom half fell into place much more readily than the top.… Read More

DT 27893

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27893

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on 29th August 2015

Fairly average Saturday puzzle – well I thought so anyway.

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Toughie 1459

Toughie No 1459 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Once again I feel short-changed. I settled down ready to give the brain a thorough work-out only to complete the puzzle without the brain having to get out of first gear.… Read More

DT 27897

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27897

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ****Enjoyment ***

Good morning everyone. Autumn seems to have arrived and so has Ray T. I imagine that some will be pleased by both, some by neither and the rest by one or the other.… Read More

ST 2810

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2810

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 23rd August 2015

Morning All! A big thank you to crypicsue for covering my holidays – I really needed the break. This one was a fairly tricky puzzle with some great definitions ands surface reading.

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Toughie 1458

Toughie No 1458 by Notabilis

Other Fish to Fry

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

A warm welcome to Notabilis for his surprise visit to the midweek slot. Perhaps this one is not as tough as some of his Friday puzzles but it is very enjoyable indeed with lots of penny drop moments.… Read More

DT 27896

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27896

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

We are having computer problems again. Our number 1 laptop with Windows 10 keeps turning itself off after about 5 minutes operating. The very nice Hazel on Microsoft Help Desk could not sort it out in 2 hours yesterday so we have a booked session with a Microsoft engineer tomorrow. In the meantime we are working on our clunky old slower PC and keeping our fingers crossed.
The usual high quality Jay puzzle once again today with a good level of difficulty and enjoyment.

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Toughie 1457

Toughie No 1457 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Misdirections and alternative meanings abound in this very nice puzzle from Shamus which I found more stretching than some Tuesday Toughies.

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DT 27895

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27895

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

It’s a bit depressing to have reached the official start of Autumn without having had much of a Summer. As for today’s crossword I can’t imagine that much help is going to be required from the blog.… Read More