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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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DT 28178

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28178

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone – me again. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it’s not a Ray T. I started off thinking that it was going to be a tricky one but then changed my mind.… Read More

ST 2857

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2857

A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

The usual great Sunday solving experience although, probably for the first time ever, there wasn’t a single star by any of the clues marking them as a ‘favourite’.… Read More

Toughie 1645

Toughie No 1645 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Dada is never less than entertaining and this one produced a lot of smiles without falling into the uber-arduous category.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Read More

DT 28177

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28177

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It is nice to be home again and back to our usual routine after a brief sojourn in the South Island. It is a good feeling to think,”Wednesday once more and another Jay puzzle to solve, blog and enjoy”. … Read More

Toughie 1644

Toughie 1644 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

 

Ah, Tuesdays: the Mondays of the Toughie week.  Today’s Toughie is brought to you once again by your friendly* Kitty.  I hope you are in the pink.

This Excalibur puzzle didn’t put up too much of a fight, nor did it create any major hmms or grrs. … Read More

DT 28176

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28176

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Good morning from a ‘non-scorchio’ Shropshire. The weather is back to its low 20’s and I, for one, am quite glad it has cooled down.

I don’t think that the puzzle today will hold many of you up as it was pretty much a R&W although the SE corner was my last in and edged me towards 2* territory.… Read More

DT 28175

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28175

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Big Dave’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good day to one and all. Today’s puzzle is not too testing but just over half of the answers begin with an unchecked first letter which always raises the difficulty level.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 120

A Puzzle by Moolally

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ST 2858 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2858 (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.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Read More

NTSPP – 337

NTSPP – 337

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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