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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 1630

Toughie No 1630 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I always start with the down clues and thought I might be in for a hard time when I only solved one of them on the first read through.… Read More

DT 28154

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28154

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday – I have an idea of who it might be but I’ve been wrong so many times that I think I’ll keep my suspicions to myself and wait and see if anyone calls in to take ownership.… Read More

ST 2853

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2853

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 19th June 2016

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

 

I found this slightly trickier than some recent Sunday puzzles but as enjoyable as ever.

Please a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post. Read More »

Toughie 1629

Toughie No 1629 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Dada for brightening up a wet and gloomy day in North Devon with a very enjoyable puzzle. My main area of difficulty was the SE corner.… Read More

DT 28153

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28153

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Since we wrote our last blog, news from your side of the world has dominated the media here. The football: our support is naturally with England where so many of our friends and connections are.… Read More

Toughie 1628

Toughie 1628 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everybody, and welcome.  Today is an excellent day to join the Tuesday Toughie club.  We have a friendly puzzle which could have flown over from the back page, brought to us on the wings of a cryptic warbler.… Read More

DT 28152

DT Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28152

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Good Morning from an extremely muggy Shropshire. Today’s puzzle appears to me to be somewhat of a curate’s egg. I enjoyed the solve, but having completed the review I’m now not so sure.… Read More

DT 28151

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28151

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Good morning. The turfing team are busy laying turf in our bar ready for Wimbledon Fortnight.

Stuart Lancaster’s men have proven themselves in Australia under Eddie Jones.

I cannot understand how the England football team will manage to win any games without scoring any goals.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 116

GoT by Sprocker

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ST 2854 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2854 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More