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BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2018)

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2018)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2018 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.

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NTSPP – 406

NTSPP – 406

Elzzup by Radler

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DT 28588 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28588 (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 1919

Toughie No 1919 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 122nd Telegraph Toughie. I proceeded very steadily, almost smugly, through most of this until I hit the NW corner. This stopped me in my tracks completely.… Read More

DT 28587

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28587

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a gloomy November day.

Though I solved today’s Giovanni in what is a record time for me, I was aided by one piece of good fortune, in that I had just watched a programme on BBC4 where members of the RSC were working on Ovid’s Metamorphoses as translated by Ted Hughes, and that gave me the answer to 17a straight away.… Read More

DT 28582

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28582

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 11th November 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Cephas provided us with a nice straightforward crossword which turned out to be a pangram too.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1918

Toughie No 1918 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A pleasant puzzle from Samuel with some nice clues. It is possibly over-anagrammed and it does contain the now seemingly obligatory homophone designed to raise a few hackles.… Read More

ST 2924

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2924

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 5th November 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The perfect level of difficulty for someone who’d had a tiring time in London the day before. My favourite was 5d.… Read More

DT 28586

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28586

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa where we have been experiencing a rather lovely autumn although the forecast tells us that a bit of nasty weather is in the offing.

There is no doubt about the creator of this puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1917

Toughie No 1917 by Myops

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We haven’t had a Myops puzzle for a very long time – as far as I can see his last was Toughie number 1145 on 28th February 2014 – so welcome back to him.… Read More