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Toughie 1226

Toughie No 1226 by Dada

Double Trouble

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

I’m not sure what has happened to Toro today so I have put this review together somewhat hastily.

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DT 27548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27548

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I don’t wish to be 1a but I really didn’t find much to enjoy here – it all seemed very mechanical.

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The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition)

The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition)

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DT 27547

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27547

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable outing from Rufus today with a tussle and a query at 2d. What is your view? This has been done in the early hours as we are going to the opening of an exhibition of Aviation paintings at The Mall Galleries in London.

Solved silently this week whilst Saint Sharon slept peacefully. I will now go and wake her up to see if she is sleeping alright.

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Rookie Corner 015

In Other Words by Soup

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MPP 026 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 026

July 2014

A crossword by Radler

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Congratulations to Keith Williams who was the winner of this month’s prize puzzle who wins a copy of Tim Moorey’s book.  Keith correctly deciphered the instructions set for the solver.  Eight of the across clues omitted a letter from the wordplay which, when added, gave the definition.  For these eight clues, the wordplay also gave a word in its own right linked to 16a.  Having found the solutions, the eight missing letters could be rearranged to give another example of a 16a.

The answer to 16a was flower.  Each of the eight clues produced the name of a river (flower) which, with the additional letters added gave the solution words.  Those eight letters could be rearranged to give the answer MARIGOLD (a botanical rather than a cryptic flower).

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ST 2753 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2753 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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NTSPP – 232

NTSPP – 232

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 27546 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27546 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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Today is your last chance to enter our July Prize Puzzle.
This month’s prize has been donated by Tim Moorey.

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 1225

Toughie No 1225 by Sparks

Serendipity

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

I found this Toughie to be comparatively easy but very entertaining.

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