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Toughie 2549

Toughie No 2549 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A fun puzzle by Osmosis today with well-crafted surfaces. My last ones in were the two double clues – it took me a while to get my head in the right space.… Continue reading

DT 29532

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29532

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs.

We have a pangra missing the X this morning, which probably means that ProXimal is our setter. A reasonable challenge, though I’m not convinced of the clue for 6d.… Continue reading

DT 29527

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29527

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st November 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A pangram that reminded me of how Saturday Prize Puzzles used to be Continue reading “DT 29527”

DT 29531

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29531

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. A Ray T Thursday crossword  but not one that’s too tricky after Jay put us all through the wringer yesterday. There are more anagrams than Ray T normally gives us which I always find makes a crossword easier to get into.… Continue reading

Toughie 2547

Toughie No 2547 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a pangram today which even I couldn’t miss after solving 28a.

Thanks to Stick Insect.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 29530

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29530

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back home again just in time to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle. Not sure whether it was just us but we certainly took quite a lot longer than usual to get this one sorted. Well into our three stars for difficulty time and even considered a possible fourth one.… Continue reading