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Toughie 1441

Toughie No 1441 by Shamus

 There’s just no escaping the day job…

 Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Toro is having family fun and Dutch is doing his bit to “help the Greek economy”, and this gives me the chance to review this Tuesday-level Toughie, the majority of which didn’t take me long to solve, with the last two holding out long enough to add an extra half a star to my difficulty rating.… Read More

DT 27871

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27871

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Today’s Mr Ron is the one who usually incorporates a few ‘North Americanisms’ in his puzzles. This one isn’t too tricky and, for me, it doesn’t have a lot of sparkle.… Read More

DT 27870

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27870

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The slowness with which I solved this puzzle can be put down to the extreme grief I am feeling over the death of one of England’s most talented ladies, Cilla Black.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 069

A Puzzle by Maize

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ST 2807 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2807 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle.… Read More

NTSPP – 286

NTSPP – 286

Work, Work, Work by Soup

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DT 27869 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27869 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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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Prize Puzzle – 039

Monthly Prize Puzzle (July 2015)

A Puzzle by Radler

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

 A review will follow after the closing date (15th August 2015).

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Toughie 1440

Toughie No 1440 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Ha! By pure chance I just came across a week-old email from the Telegraph with a £50 amazon voucher for winning the Sunday Prize crossword – it was in my spam folder!… Read More

DT 27868

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27868

Hints and tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning everyone from a warm and sunny Shropshire. Today BD has given me the opportunity to blog a Giovanni and what a benign mood the Don is in.… Read More