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DT 27847

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27847

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I thought that this was pretty straightforward but there may be a couple of problems lurking if you don’t know your England cricket captains or have never read Morte D’Arthur.… Read More

DT 27846

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27846

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I suppose that Rufus has so much experience we should not be surprised when he delivers a corker of a puzzle like this one. A delight from sleepy start to wide awake finish.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 065

A Puzzle by Starhorse

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ST 2803 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2803 (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.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

NTSPP – 282

NTSPP – 282

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27845 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27845 (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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Prize Puzzle – 038

Monthly Prize Puzzle (July 2015)

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

 A review will follow after the closing date (18th July 2015).

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Toughie 1424

Toughie No 1424 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Congratulations Notabilis on your 100th Toughie! What an achievement! I was impressed that the previous Notabilis toughie was readily solvable with just newspaper and pen (I was sitting in a caravan with no dictionaries or WiFi).… Read More

DT 27844

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27844

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a fine, sunny morning. Here’s hoping that this post appears without the bother we had last week.

I thought Giovanni was in benign mood again this week, and went through the crossword with no particular difficulty.… Read More

DT 27839

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27839

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on 27th June 2015

The perfect crossword for a very busy day – I don’t think I noticed when I was solving but it becomes apparent when preparing the review that nine of the clues require the insertion of something into another word.… Read More