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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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 3222

Toughie No 3222 by Stick Insect

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Toughie Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Stick Insect’s turn to provide the Wednesday Toughie – this one has lots of opportunities to brush up on your knowledge of abbreviations

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DT 30542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30542

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa
Another beautiful summer day for us here. Just what we need for a painting project that we have on at present. We are tackling it in ‘bite sized pieces’ suitable for painters of advancing years and hope to have family joining us at the weekend, paint brushes in hand, ready to take care of the high and hard to reach bits.… Continue reading

Toughie 3221

Toughie No 3221 by Serpent

Hints and tips by ALP

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

I can’t be alone in fearing a professorial setter who based his pseudonym on a “cryptographic algorithm”. The very words make me want to sob. As a chap who epically failed Maths A-level, my brain is clearly cheese to his chalk.… Continue reading

DT 30541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30541
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

Another solid AP offering today. Largely straightforward though with a couple of trickier clues that perhaps made it slightly more difficult than yesterday. For me it didn’t hit the heights of last week’s puzzle but was still enjoyable.… Continue reading

DT 30540

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30540

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from Almoradí where spring appears to have sprung! We’ll probably go back to winter next week but I’m currently enjoying an unseasonal spell of warm sunny days.

Today’s puzzle is about par for a Monday. There’s two puns in the Quickie so I’m supposing it’s a Campbell production. It certainly didn’t frighten the horses but it was a bit of fun while it lasted.
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Sunday Toughie 108 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 108


by proXimal

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A proper Toughie from proXimal today that took me a fair bit longer than normal last night, some quite tricky anagrams, extractions and wordplay have hit t’ cutting room floor
I have hinted at half of an even 14a and 14d clues but if you want a nudge on any just ask and I will try to help if I can. CrypticSue’s red pencil seems to be a bit sharper than mine – beware t’ naughty step!

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1630 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1630 (Hints)

Mixed Doubles by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor needs no introduction for EV solvers. Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that he has been setting them since 2010 and this will be his 45th in the series. We know that he will give us a challenge with lots of subtle wordplay and that we can expect one of a range of scientific, cultural and theatrical themes.… Continue reading