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DT 27602

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27602

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We get four mini-puzzles for the price of one today. My order was NW, SW, NE and SE – how about you? Do let us know how you got on.
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DT 27601

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27601

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Far too easy today, even for a Monday. There are two very weak anagrams and too many clues that can be answered from general knowledge. No stand out clues for me today.

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Rookie Corner 024

A Puzzle by Gepetto

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MPP 028 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 028

September 2014

A crossword by Alchemi

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Congratulations to this month’s winner – A. Weir – who correctly gave Harare (17:51 S) as being nearest to “eighteen degrees S” – the parallel of latitude found in across rows four and 12 of the crossword.

I don’t know whether they used Google to find out which of the places named in the solutions was on this parallel of latitude, but I used an atlas when I test-solved the crossword, which led to our setter changing the wording of the question so that entrants would know that Harare was the answer needed to win the Chambers XWD – A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations. Incorrect entries included Port-au-Prince (18:32 N)(my original answer) , Rio de Janeiro (22:54 S) and Mogadishu (02:02 N)

 

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Autumn Masterclass (Nov 2014 – Update)

Autumn Masterclass

Brighton, Saturday 8 November 2014

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:

Places on my Autumn Crossword Masterclass in Brighton on Saturday 8 November are starting to fill up, so don’t miss out!  If you’d like to join us – and I hope you will – please get in touch as soon as possible at www.boatmancryptics.co.uk and I’ll keep a place for you.

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ST 2762 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2762 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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NTSPP – 241

NTSPP – 241

A Puzzle by Wiglaf

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DT 27600 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600 (Hints)

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Entries for the September Monthly Prize Puzzle close today.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.

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DT 27599

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27599

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs in the still United Kingdom on a dull, grey morning.

I fairly rattled through today’s Giovanni, only coming into ** territory because I had one letter wrong in 16d and had to go back to correct it. But then I knew the French word which makes up part of 25a and the vessel in 4d.

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