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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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Rookie Corner 023

A Puzzle by Imsety

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ST 2761 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2761 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Only one week to go to be able to enter the September Prize Puzzle

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 – 240

NTSPP – 240

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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DT 27594 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594 (Hints)

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Don’t forget to enter the September Monthly Prize Puzzle.

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 1257

Toughie No 1257 by Beam

Tossin’ and Turnin’

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Much as I like Beam and Ray T, his alter ego, I don’t think even he would have asked for this Toughie to be published on a Friday, the day usually reserved for arch tormentors like Elgar and Notabilis. This puzzle contains most of Beam’s usual signatures like Her Majesty, hidden words and subtle innuendo (but not, this time, a clue where the answer is made up from initial letters).

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DT 27593

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27593

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast September morning.

Giovanni is in fairly tricky mode today, *** for difficulty as far as I was concerned.

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DT 27588

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27588

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 6th September 2014

Morning All! This was a reasonably straightforward but enjoyable puzzle from (I am guessing) Cephas. I managed to solve it after my delayed flight back from Belfast last night.

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Toughie 1256

Toughie No 1256 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

What bad luck for Bufo – he has a week off and misses this superb puzzle from Micawber. The difficulty level crept into 4-star territory because I always include the time spent unravelling the wordplay.

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DT 27592

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27592

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment *****

Good morning everyone. It looks as if it’s going to be another lovely day in Oxford once the early morning mist has gone. Now on to the crossword. I don’t think that this is a Ray T production – it doesn’t feel quite right, the Quickie clues don’t look like his and anyway it’s not his week. I could easily be wrong! I loved it and was laughing all the time I was doing it – for that reason I’ve given it 5* for enjoyment which is something that I’ve never done before. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

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ST 2759

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2759

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 31st August 2014

This was a seriously fast solve for me and was consistent with most other comments on the day. Reviewing it, however, was a complete joy as there are so many simple but effective clues.

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