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DT 28559

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28559

Hints and tips by an uninspired Miffypops

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

MP is a little under the weather today and can’t really be arsed. I hope you enjoyed this puzzle. It was just a job that had to be done for me.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 184

A Puzzle by Shabbo

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ST 2921 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2921 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, in the early hours of yesterday morning, we had some precipitation of the soft fluffy white variety; fortunately, it had all disappeared by mid-morning.

Virgilius back to being quite tricky with, I thought, some ‘synonym stretching.’ Nevertheless, another very enjoyable puzzle, the usual handful of anagrams, including partials, one lurker, and one homophone.… Read More

NTSPP – 401

NTSPP – 401

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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DT 28558 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28558 (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 1899

Toughie No 1899 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A few anagrams help you get into this puzzle, which seemed challenging at first but as usual in most of it seemed clear in retrospect. Writing the review was another opportunity to savour the clues – there are some lovely twists in the definitions.… Read More

DT 28557

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28557

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a blustery October day. Triskaidekaphobics should remain under the duvet until tomorrow.

Today was perhaps the fastest that I have ever completed a Giovanni crossword, so definitely * for difficulty from me.… Read More

DT 28552

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28552

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th October 2017

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

Morning All! Due to unforseen work commitments I am unable to get the review out until later this evening.… Read More

Toughie 1898

Toughie No 1898 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I feel like I’m making a guest appearance today having been unavailable on a Thursday so often recently (and I’m missing again next week). I completed this puzzle in average time though there were several bung-ins that I then had to justify.… Read More

DT 28556

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28556

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword. I enjoyed it and didn’t find it too tricky but, as I’ve said before, I find it difficult to judge difficulty and enjoyment when I know I’m doing the hints.… Read More