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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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ST 3030 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3030 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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Let’s start with a poll today. Hands up all those who remember ST 2978. Hands up all those who prefer to not remember ST 2978.

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on the first anniversary of Dada as our Sunday setter (strictly speaking it’s tomorrow) when his first puzzle was that rather tricky ST 2978.… Continue reading

DT 29210 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29210 (Hints)

The 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 2334

Toughie No 2334 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Devious, clever and fun! A precise set of cryptic clues from Osmosis which require careful inspection, providing a very rewarding solve. And we have a pangram, of course.… Continue reading

DT 29209

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29209

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, grey morning, where at least the rain has paused for the moment. I hope that our readers have managed to stay safe and above water.… Continue reading

DT 29204

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29204

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A Saturday puzzle with a reasonable mix of clue types

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Toughie 2333

Toughie No 2333 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This very enjoyable puzzle was just about completed in average time but I gave it an extra half-star to allow for the cogitation needed to finish working out the wordplay. It was good that there was only one obscurity in it (the soul in 5 down). I’m assuming that you’re all familiar with the American rapper. Continue reading “Toughie 2333”

DT 29208

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29208

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. I’m fairly sure that this crossword is by proXimal if only because, apart from the ‘X’, it’s a pangram and that’s his trademark. I found it tricky in places but maybe not quite as much as some of his.… Continue reading

ST 3028

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 3rd October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I found this a thoroughly fun puzzle to solve in a 2 star time and feel that Mr Halpern is consistently hitting the spot in the Sunday spot after (as I recall) some howls of protest at the start. Thanks to him for maintaining a style and level that appeals as the Sunday puzzle did under the previous auspices of Mr Greer. Continue reading “ST 3028”

Toughie 2332

Toughie No 2332 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very pleasant puzzle which didn’t pose too many difficulties – thanks to Donnybrook.

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