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DT 28229

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28229

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from the heart of Downtown L I. The sun is shining brilliantly. We cannot see it but it is shining. It always shines. Behind the darkest clouds it still shines.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 129

A Puzzle by Webb

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ST 2867 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2867 (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 – 346

NTSPP – 346

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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DT 28228 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28228 (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 1679

Toughie No 1679 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Toughie no. 112 for Elgar – that may give you a clue for the Nina, which hopefully won’t be too hard to find (once you’ve done the puzzle, that is!) – but see the end of the review if you get stuck.… Read More

DT 28227

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28227

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny September day.

Not too much piety from Giovanni this morning, but the usual requirements for some General Knowledge – and a novel (to me, anyway) clue construction at 13a.… Read More

DT 28222

Daily Telegraph No 28222

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 17th September 2016

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

A Saturday puzzle which didn’t take long either to solve or type the review. Read More »

Toughie 1678

Toughie No 1678 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A gentle and unexciting solve. My only question mark concerns the parsing of 1 across.

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Across

7a    AC/DC power in a CV (7)
BIODATA: ‘AC/DC (as a sexual orientation) + a hypothetical force once thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena + ‘in’ + A.… Read More

ST 2865

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2865

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 11th September

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

I enjoyed myself greatly while solving this crossword, with a whole galaxy of stars by clues I liked, although I’ve settled on one favourite just to keep the favourite-policeperson happy.   I was toying with awarding five stars for enjoyment but found that I had to type the word ‘anagram’ quite a lot, not to mention noting the number of times something had to be inserted into something else, including a couple of anagrams in there too, so I’ve decided to stick with 4*.

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