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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 1902

Toughie No 1902 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello, and Happy Diwali!  It’s also apparently International Gin and Tonic Day, so plenty of reasons to charge your glasses.  Other than that, it’s another perfectly ordinary Thursday, except that Bufo is busy again so I’m here to bring you Blog 101. … Read More

DT 28562

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28562

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning all and welcome to Thursday’s crossie.  I’m pretty sure that it’s not a RayT and I have an idea who it might be, not least because it’s a pangram, but with my record of setter spotting that’s as far as I’m going.  It’s the first pangram we’ve had on my watch for ages but I twigged the possibility of one far too late for it to be of any help in the solving.

I thought it was going to be a breeze as I got eleven of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass.  Then it was a bit like finding speed humps on the M6 and I ground to a bit of a halt.  Last two in were the interlocking 23a and 19d and I must have stared at them for as long as the rest of the puzzle had taken before the penny finally dropped on 23a with a very loud clang – tea-tray moment or what?  A most enjoyable puzzle for me and I’ll be interested to hear your views on it.
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Cruciverbalist Convention (Nov 2017)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Nov 2017)
in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship
4 November, 2017

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ST2920

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2920

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th October 2017

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

I found this particular Sunday puzzle less straightforward than usual, but typing the review, I’m not really sure why.… Read More

Toughie 1901

Toughie No 1901 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for what I thought was quite a tricky puzzle (especially in the NW corner where I’d managed to start my original answer to 4d with DE, thus making 1a impossible).… Read More

DT 28561

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28561

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. This is the first of a few Wednesdays that the Kiwis are off on their travels so you’ll be having a different ‘hinty person’ each week – it feels like quite a responsibility to me so I’ll try not to let them down.… Read More

Toughie 1900

Toughie No 1900 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all, and welcome to the decryption page for Toughie number 1900, crafted for your solving pleasure by Dada.  As we arrive at the turn of a century in Toughieland I glance ahead to the next millennium: if my calculations are correct — and if the series continues without interruptions — the 2000th will be on the 10th of April next year. … Read More

DT 28560

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28560

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another fine Tuesday back-page cryptic.  I thought I detected a lot of originality and creativity in this puzzle, and a scan of my database confirmed that several of the answers and many of the constructions have not been seen here previously.  That made for an entertaining solve.  I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did.… Read More

Sloggers & Betters (York 2017)

Sloggers & Betters – York

27-29 October, 2017

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