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Toughie 2509

Toughie No 2509 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Pleasant enough, though I normally enjoy Sparks a lot more – could just be me today.

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Across

9a    Regularly run riot on party wine (5)
DOURO: The even (regularly) letters of ‘run riot’ follow (on, in an across clue) a 2-letter party

10a    Harry’s at play running around for paper (9)
ANAGLYPTA: A 3-letter verb meaning to harry or henpeck has around it an anagram (running) of AT PLAY

11a    Picked up crook, one offering the best speed?Continue reading

DT 29472

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29472

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. The sun is shining, but the news continues to be grim, as the only thing the incompetents in charge of us can think of is to lock us all up again, and expect us to snitch on our neighbours by way of recreation.… Continue reading

DT 29467

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29467

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 12 September 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Nice to have Cephas back, this time with an enjoyable pangram Continue reading “DT 29467”

DT 29471

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29471

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. This is a Ray T crossword – it’s his week and it has most of his trademark clues. I’m not sure how many stars to give it as the right hand side gave me far more trouble than the left one so I’ve just gone for 3* for both difficulty and enjoyment – I think you’re all capable of making up your own minds anyway. Continue reading “DT 29471”

Toughie 2507

Toughie No 2507 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For the most part I found this fairly straightforward but there are a couple of clues which required a bit more thought. I am conscious that some of the clues (e.g.… Continue reading

DT 29470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29470

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The weather gods have thrown a real mixture at us again this week. Some really vicious squally showers yesterday but beautiful clear blue skies today although the appropriately named equinoctial winds are still present.

A bit rushed this week as we are due to drive to Wellington for grand-parental duties as soon as we get this done and scheduled for publication.… Continue reading