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Toughie 1354

Toughie No 1354 by Osmosis

Would You Wish Your Servants to Read This?

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

Thanks to Osmosis for what I thought was a proper midweek Toughie with some clever wordplay – I enjoyed battling with it. I did know all the references (except the drug in 22a) but I imagine that some of them (e.g.… Read More

DT 27740

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27740

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Yesterday, on our regular walk, we saw two black swans swimming in the estuary. They are really Australian birds but are well established in NZ. We often have them visiting our estuary as a safe refuge during the shooting season which starts in May. Speaking of travelling birds and May neatly leads into our latest news. We have used the excuse of research for the next writing project by one of us, to make a short visit to UK during May. We will be based at Kingston upon Thames.
Enough about us. Let’s concentrate on today’s puzzle from Jay. Generally we found it straightforward apart from a real stumbling block in the NE.

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Toughie 1353

Toughie No 1353 by Shamus

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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***

Shamus, in his occasional capacity as Mr Ron, gave us an excellent back-pager this time last week, and this week sees him back in the Toughie seat. This puzzle was perhaps not quite as polished, but it was nonetheless enjoyable, and like his last Toughie contained clues on a wide spectrum of difficulty.

Do let us know how you got on and what you thought. First-time commenters welcome!

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DT 27739

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27739

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

The top half of this one went in very quickly but then I slowed up considerably at the bottom, primarily because both 19a and 17d were new terms for me and had to be prised out. There did seem to be a lot of proper nouns here with quite a bit of General Knowledge required.… Read More

Spring Masterclass (May 2015) – Update

Spring Masterclass

Midlands, Saturday 9 May 2015

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:

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DT 27738

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27738

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this a little tougher than Monday’s usual offering with very few answers after the first pass. It fell slowly clue by clue. If lumberous is a word it fits this puzzle for me [It isn’t – but lumbersome is! BD].… Read More

Rookie Corner 047

Ice by Viola

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ST 2785 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2785 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.… Read More

NTSPP – 264

NTSPP – 264

Sing a Song of Sixpence by Radler

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DT 27737 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27737 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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