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ST 2863 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2863 (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 – 342

NTSPP – 342

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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DT 28204 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28204 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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 1663

Toughie 1663 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome everyone to Toughieland, today brought to you by Elgar.  For me, this puzzle elicited smiles throughout and was well worth the effort.  I found it not impenetrable and was able to get started fairly readily – and if finishing it was considerably harder work, this was at least partly down to silliness on my part.… Read More

DT 28203

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28203

“A, you’re a necessity ….”

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from tropical Warrington. Time for a Friday battle with the Don, although there were points today where it didn’t feel like one of his puzzles. Very enjoyable, although somewhat on the gentle side for the Friday spot.… Read More

DT 28198

Daily Telegraph No 28198

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 20th August 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **- Enjoyment ***

Another Saturday, another fairly straightforward crossword – although I have to say that hoping it was going to be a pangram did help with solving my last one, 20a, as I’d never heard of this type of cover.

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Toughie 1662

Toughie No 1662 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle of average difficulty in which only 4 down caused any significant head scratching

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DT 28202

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28202

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Hello everyone. I’m not going to make any wild guesses about who set today’s crossword – it’s definitely not Ray T. I thought it lacked oomph and felt as if all its get up and go had got up and gone but that may be just a reflection of how I feel today – anyway, I’ve never even tried to set a crossword.… Read More

ST 2861

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2861

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 14th August

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

 

 

Solving this enjoyable Sunday puzzle took me slightly longer than normal, with the Down clues falling into place quicker than the Acrosses.  The highlight of the morning was, however, breaking off from solving to enjoy the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and then the Red Arrows,  flying over our house as part of the local air show.

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Toughie 1661

Toughie No 1661 by Dada

Aussie Rules

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

There are some good laughs here and I enjoyed it a lot. I only had two hold-ups – a) I didn’t know the 19a word but with three checking letters it became obvious, and b) I was reluctant to write in the 4d author because for some reason I thought his name was ten rather than nine letters long – a quick Google revealed my mistake.… Read More