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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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2934

Toughie No 2934 by Giovanni

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A fairly typical mid-week Toughie from Giovanni. There are quite a few anagrams to get you started and the words you may not have heard of were all fairly clued. Continue reading “Toughie 2934”

DT 30110

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30110

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just one Kiwi doing the blogging today.

Our weather continues with its craziness. Just as we were getting used to Spring conditions another monstrous system arrives from Antarctica with strong winds and snow to low levels predicted for quite a lot of the country.… Continue reading

ST 3179 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3179

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 25th Sep 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. It’s the festive season of Durga Puja here in West Bengal with uninterrupted holidays for 11 days!Continue reading

Toughie 2933

Toughie No 2933 by Dada

Hints and tips by StephenL

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

Hello everyone from South Devon.

It’s always nice to see Dada’s name atop a puzzle. I don’t know whether being tired affected my solve but I found this a tad tricky but as ever with this setter a lot of fun. Insertions seemed to be the order of the day! Continue reading “Toughie 2933”

DT 30109

DT Cryptic No 30109
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Twmbarlwm can’t be here today so I’m revisiting one of my old haunts for one day only.

I really enjoyed the puzzle and wondered whether it was the work of our esteemed editor.… Continue reading

DT 30108

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30108

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Hola from a rather noisy Vega Baja! Our electricity went off at 1830 this evening and at about 2300 a lorry came and parked a massive generator outside our bedroom window (our house is next to the village sub-station). The generator is now wired in and providing electricity but I really don’t need the noise so I’m doing the blog in the small hours in the hope of getting a bit of a kip later on. On a lighter note today has been a perfect autumn day in Spain, 27°C with just a hint of a breeze and not a cloud in the sky.

You might say today’s crossword is perfect too. It’s not very hard but there are a couple of head-scratchers and nearly every clue is worthy of the blue treatment. I’ll be finding it hard to pick a podium three.
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Sunday Toughie 36 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 36 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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The top half today fairly flew off my keyboard last night but I slowed down in the south. I still finished in a fastish time for a proXimal.
A surfeit of fish (2d et passim) today and even a drop of booze (3d 23d) gin and a glass of Italian sparkling wine (6d)

I have hinted half of an uneven 16a and 14d but welcome discussion about unhinted clues that may have just missed the hardness cutoff.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1559 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1559 (Hints)

Save by Vismut

Hints and tips by Phibs

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In several European languages, ‘vismut’ translates to ‘bismuth’. My university thesis (in the dim and distant past) concerned the photoelectron spectroscopy of oxidation catalysis by bismuth molybdate. I can’t see that being relevant here.

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