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Toughie 1301

Toughie No 1301 by Elkamere

Black (and white) Friday!

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

A fine puzzle to end a very mixed week of Toughies.

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DT 27659

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27659

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another damp,grey November day.

I was heading for * time until I was brought up short by 26a, and it took a little while first to identify the definition and secondly to parse it..

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DT 27654

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 22nd  November 2014

Lovely, straightforward start to my Saturday solving. The fact that there are six anagrams and, as Caravaggio commented “… this puzzle evoked memories of Saturday’s past”, I think this week it is thank you to Cephas rather than one of  the Saturday  Mysterons.

 

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Toughie 1300

Toughie No 1300 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A straightforward Thursday puzzle. Only the time spent justifying the last couple of answers raised it above 1* for difficulty.

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DT 27658

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27658

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Good morning everyone – it’s a real November morning in Oxford. On the plus side I’m sure we have a Ray T crossword. It has all his trademarks – short clues, a bit of innuendo although not as much as sometimes and the Queen puts in an appearance. I found some of it quite tricky.

We have some pictures! Thanks to those who have encouraged and helped me – they know who they are.

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ST 2770

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2770

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 16th November 2014

A relatively fast solve with just a couple to hold me up at the end.

 

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Toughie 1299

Toughie No 1299 by Osmosis

A Bit of a Tease?

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

Having got all the letters on the top row I was convinced that we were going to get a message round the periphery but nothing more emerged (unless I’m missing something). I made heavier weather of this than I normally do with Osmosis and there are a couple of clues which I’m not sure that I’ve correctly interpreted – so I’m looking forward to your better explanations.
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DT 27657

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27657

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

One Kiwi has been away for a few days staying with a group of friends on Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of Wellington harbour. (Google it). She saw many other birds but had to hurry home this morning by ferry, train and car to do the blog.

Jay has given us a few words that took a bit of pondering but the puzzle is generally quite gentle.

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Toughie 1298

Toughie No 1298 by Shamus

Can it really be Tuesday?

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

This is more like it – a decent Toughie on a Tuesday!

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DT 27656

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27656

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I can’t believe that there’ll be much need for the blog today – I found this the easiest back-pager for some time with several old chestnuts. The grid does look as if it should have a Nina running round the outside and I thought we might have one when I saw the word climbing the right-hand column but that was as far as it went. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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