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DT 28461

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28461

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello from a rather warm Los Alcázares.  Actually I say it’s rather warm, which it is, but the UK seems to have been a degree or two hotter than here for the last few days. The difference is that here we have another twelve weeks of the hot stuff to look forward to.

This puzzle is definitely one from the “new” Giovanni as there are no obscurities and little or no religious references. It’s a pangram but I didn’t notice until I’d completed the puzzle so it didn’t help me in the slightest.  I enjoyed it a lot.  It’s got a few tricky bits but it fell together reasonably well so I’ve gone for two star difficulty. I’m sure some of you will disagree.
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DT 28456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28456

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 17th June

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I found this a fairly standard puzzle for a Saturday with a few enjoyable clues.

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Toughie 1834

Toughie No 1834 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A very enjoyable puzzle with a nice level of difficulty in that there were very few gimmes and yet nothing that caused a major hold-up. Just what was needed for a hot Thursday morning

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ST 2903

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2903

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 11th June

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

Another splendid Sunday crossword – I’ll pick the double lurker 15a as my Across favourite and 8d as my Down favourite

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DT 28460

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28460

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where preparations are in full swing for our 150th birthday party on July 1.

Having been travelling for much of the last month — two weeks in Northern Ireland and northern Ireland followed by a visit with relatives upon my return to Canada, this is the first puzzle that I have solved in quite some time (and the rust is clearly evident).… Read More

Toughie 1833

Toughie No 1833 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Many thanks to Micawber for a fun-packed puzzle though if I hadn’t known the setter I might have guessed that it was by yesterday’s compiler, what with the food and music references and a few mad-hat clues.… Read More

DT 28459

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28459

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

[Sorry for the delay, but ShropshireLad’s review took over an hour to arrive – probably because of problems with my laptop. BD]

Good Morning everyone. Today’s puzzle is exactly what you would expect from Jay – no too hard and fun to complete.… Read More

Toughie 1832

Toughie No 1832 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello, and a welcome as warm as today’s Surrey weather to you all.  This is a real treat for me: a Petitjean on a Tuesday.  Having struggled with some of the last PJ Toughies I approached this with a little trepidation, but found it a perfect fit for the billing – really rather gentle, with my difficulty rating just nudged up a tad because I had to guess at a spelling and also didn’t feel completely confident about one of my answers.… Read More

DT 28458

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28458

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  I enjoyed this puzzle.  Initially it made me worried because no answers leapt out at me in the first few rows, but that concern was soon relieved by the healthy dose of anagrams encountered in the middle sector, and then it was banished by meeting several usual suspects in the nether regions. … Read More

DT 28457

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28457

Hints and tips by a sunburnt Miffypops

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Phew. What a scorcher. It’s 25 degrees already as recorded by The Heart of Downtown L. I. Weather Station. Long may it continue. As for today’s puzzle.… Read More