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DT 28035

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28035

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on a chilly, grey day.

All the usual Giovanni trademarks today, but nothing too difficult, so I finished only just into my ** time.… Read More

DT 28030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 6th February 2016

The perfect crossword for a newcomer to the world of solving cryptic crosswords, although one has to feel sorry for the poor postman carrying all the competition entries into Telegraph Towers as the number of entries must have been 24a, as I wasn’t alone in finding this  one of the easiest Prize Puzzles ever.

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Toughie 1550

Toughie No 1550 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I was on Firefly’s wavelength this morning because most of the answers went in during the first read-through and the rest followed fairly quickly. My impression when solving it was that there were too many bitty anagrams but I may be wrong about that.… Read More

DT 28034

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28034

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having an unseasonably warm spell and no sign of Imogen. It was 24C yesterday afternoon and the forecast is for it to be similar into next week. I’m not complaining!

Those of you who like anagrams will be complaining today as there are only three in this puzzle.  There are, however a lot of charades and loads of messing about with single letters. Somehow it didn’t really float my boat but I’m sure others will like it. I’ll be interested to read your comments.

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ST 2833

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 31st January 2016

Another lovely Sunday puzzle – slightly trickier than usual – and with what I think is probably the most splendid clue yet for a ‘lurker’.

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Toughie 1549

Toughie No 1549 by MynoT

Strictly for the Birds

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A few years ago MynoT embarked on a series of Toughies where all the answers contained one specific letter of the alphabet. He ran out of steam somewhere around M or N (so we couldn’t find out how he was going to deal with Q) for which most of us were grateful at the time as it was getting a bit predictable.… Read More

DT 28033

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28033

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

 

Our long hot summer continues. Some parts of the country have had rain recently, some of it in areas that were quite severely drought affected, but we have missed it all and are having a procession of days with temperatures in the high twenties. It seems that many of you are having quite the opposite and it even makes our news here at times. We occasionally almost feel sorry for you.
Jay is in fairly gentle mood again this week we thought, with the usual generous measure of good fun.

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Toughie 1548

Toughie No 1548 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’m swapping with Toro this week – he is busy today and I leave this weekend for our annual skiing trip. Samuel gives us a great Tuesday puzzle which took a little less than standard Toughie time despite stopping for a breakfast of pancakes.… Read More

DT 28032

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28032

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s a calm and tranquil morning in North Devon after the high winds that we had yesterday (during which my fence decided to go for a holiday into next door’s garden).… Read More

DT 28031

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28031

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this to be slightly tougher than most weeks but entirely fair. A masterclass in setting from a man fast approaching his eighty-fourth birthday. Thank you Rufus

Today’s hints and tips have been created with love and care by Miffypops, a man who has no beginning to his talents.… Read More