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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 29407 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29407 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings to what has been termed Super Saturday. Not in this part of Warrington for me. No trip to the pub, no trips to the hairdressers, etc. etc. Pretty much stay at home and manage as usual. Continue reading “DT 29407 (Hints)”

MPP – 098

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Jul 2020)

Century by Phibs

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (18th Jul 2020).

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Toughie 2465

Toughie No 2465 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

This is Elgar’s 152nd Telegraph Toughie. There is a theme which is apparent in the cross-referenced clues, and very fittingly we have a pangram! You may notice an apparent reference to a crossword blogging site (almost as famous as this one) which explains the relevance to the number 152, albeit in a different context.… Continue reading

DT 29406

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29406

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from damp and drizzly South Staffs.

A steady solve for me today, with no especial difficulty, but still just getting to *** time.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined.… Continue reading

DT 29401

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29401

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 27th June 2020

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

A most enjoyable Prize Puzzle for lovers of words and clues with great surface readings Continue reading “DT 29401”

Toughie 2464

Toughie No 2464

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

The Toughie week got even gentler today, not to mention the fact that I lost count of how many times I was ‘doing something with a letter’

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DT 29405

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29405

Hints and tips by Wilson, Keppel and Betty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the bottom of the barrel. Our new home where I am waiting for DPS to bring my new HiFi system having donated my old one to a worthy cause in the L.I. boondocks. Had I realised just how much high end HiFi would cost I may not have been so altruistic. As usual ‘Don’t tell Sharon’. Continue reading “DT 29405”

ST 3061

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3061

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 21st June 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! When I came to review this I realised I hadn’t quite finished it with a cuppa before an early Sunday morning round of golf which makes it at least a *** for difficulty and a fair degree of emjoyment for me.. Continue reading “ST 3061”

Toughie 2463

Toughie No 2463 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s not a lot to worry the horses today, though I couldn’t see any reason for the capital letters in 22a and 18d.

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