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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 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2576

Toughie No 2576 by Sparks

 

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks seems to have beer on the brain, which makes for an enjoyable puzzle. He often has a Nina of some kind, but today he spoils us with a pangram.… Continue reading

DT 29573

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29573

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs and another dull, grey day of lockdown.

In contrast to the last couple of Fridays, I rattled through today’s puzzle at some speed, hence the * marking.… Continue reading

DT 29572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29572

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***  Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Barrel which is locked up, locked down, bolted and padlocked. Boris has thrown away the key. It is dark outside so no idea yet what the weather is doing. All there is for Saint Sharon and I to do is bonk or bicker. There is a lot of bickering going on. Continue reading “DT 29572”

Toughie 2574

Toughie No 2574 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Wednesday seems to have become the day for gentle Toughies. This one was enjoyable – thanks to Hudson.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29571

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29571

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

By the time most of you will be reading this we will be on our way to catch the ferry and cross Cook Strait. We’re going to be away for the next two Wednesdays so some other blogger will have the pleasure of writing the Hints and Tips for Jay’s puzzles.… Continue reading

ST 3089

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3089

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 3rd January 2021

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

Morning All! I very much enjoyed this puzzle with a few tricky clues pushing it inti *** difficutly for me, Continue reading “ST 3089”