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Toughie 1935

Toughie No 1935 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 123rd Telegraph Toughie, and it’s excellent as usual. “Difficult” would not be an appropriate word  for today’s puzzle. I managed to get a full grid without too much of a struggle, though I was left with a couple of parsing issues to sort out.… Read More

DT 28611

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28611

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs. Another dusting of snow in the night, followed by a bright start to the day.

We have a pangram from Giovanni this morning, with nods both to the Ashes cricket and the approach of Christmas.… Read More

DT 28606

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28606

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 9th December 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I’m back from having to work long hours in a particularly unpleasant job. Many thanks to crypticsue for covering for me, I hope to be back to normal routines for the foreseeable. This was a fairly typical Saturday puzzle with a couple of easy starters and a couple of head scratchers.

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Toughie 1934

Toughie No 1934 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I was held up briefly by the last 2-3 answers in the top half. Otherwise it was completed without any difficulty. I was glad it wasn’t too difficult because I had a lot of other things that needed to be done this morning

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

DT 28610

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28610

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning all.  Last week Kath mentioned that we haven’t had a RayT offering for a while but he’s back today with all the usual quirks.  Her Majesty turns up promptly in 1a, there’s some repeated sex and suggestive leering, a couple of lurkers and a first letters clue along with some slightly iffy synonyms. Unusually there are a couple of long anagrams to give plenty of checkers and get you going.  I enjoyed the puzzle and I’ll be interested to hear what you all thought of it. Read More »

ST 2928

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2928

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 3rd December 2017

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

I really enjoyed solving this Sunday prize puzzle – there were lots of candidates for the gold medal, but once I’d noticed the possible extra ‘bit’ of  6d, that one was the winner

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1933

Toughie No 1933 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another lovely puzzle from the late Petitjean – what a legacy he left us. Crypticsue tells me that there’s still no indication in the paper that this is the last so we have even more mad-hattedness to look forward to.… Read More

DT 28609

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28609

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.                

Our thoughts go out to all of you who are coping with the bitterly cold weather. Meanwhile we have conditions at the opposite end of the spectrum.… Read More

Toughie 1932

Toughie No 1932 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello crossword friends.  I hope you are all safe and warm.  I’ll have to be brief today as I’ve had less time than usual for this.  It was fortunate then that I didn’t find it as hard as the previous Donnybrook (but if I recall, I found that one tougher than others did). … Read More

DT 28608

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28608

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Today’s puzzle features several cleverly-constructed and smooth clues which took some pondering to unscramble and which delivered smiles when understood.  I have set the difficulty and enjoyment ratings accordingly.… Read More