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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 27553

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27553

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Almost a read and write today with a few clues only opening up once checking letters were in. The seven anagrams should assist newcomers to cryptics. Elsewhere we have a fine mix of double definitions, hidden words, charades and all in one clues. The usual paraphernalia associated with that funny little world we inhabit – Crosswordland. Happy birthday to Saint Sharon.

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Rookie Corner 016

A Puzzle by Phito

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ST 2754 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2754 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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NTSPP – 233

NTSPP – 233

A Puzzle by Skipjack

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DT 27552 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27552 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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 1229

Toughie No 1229 by proXimal

Vlad still rules, OK!

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

Not yet quite up to the standard set for Friday Toughies by Elgar, but a very pleasant puzzle nonetheless.

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DT 27551

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27551

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny morning with the promise of another hot day.

I found it a little difficult to get started on this puzzle from the Don, perhaps because I always like to start in the NW corner, and that turned out to be the last to yield.

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DT 27546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27546

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 19th July 2014

A pretty straightforward puzzle with some good surface readings. I enjoyed this one.

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Toughie 1228

Toughie No 1228 by MynoT

A load of 20 across?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

A relatively straightforward Toughie from MynoT. One enjoyment star has been docked for the howler in 6 down.

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DT 27550

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27550

Hints and tips by mehitabel

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

Good morning to everyone from a cool and, so far at least, a rather hazy morning in Oxford. This is my first attempt at doing most of it “my own self”! Thanks to BD for doing the bits that I can’t quite do yet, to Pommers for all his patience, help and encouragement, and to the rest of you for putting up with any mistakes that I may have made. There is little, if any, doubt in my mind that this is a Ray T production.

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