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DT 27169 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27169 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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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Prize Puzzle – May 2013

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 12 (May 2013) by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our twelfth Monthly Prize Puzzle?  The winner will receive their choice of any of the current 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 May 2013).

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Toughie 973

Toughie No 973 by Elgar

Vlad the Impaler rides again!

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

For those who complained about yesterday’s Toughie being too easy, here is what you wished for (in trumps). This is Elgar at his most devious, and if you solved it without seeking out the handful of easier answers and building out from there then perhaps you ought to be setting rather than solving!

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DT 27168

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27168

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I thought that this was just about the easiest Giovanni puzzle that I’ve blogged so I don’t imagine that the hints will be required very much today. Let us know how you got on.
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DT 27167

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27167

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

As guessed earlier in the week by a number of contributors, today’s setter is Ray T. Two-star difficulty for those who, like me, love his puzzles and four-star for the rest!

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ST 2688

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2688

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

The usual entertaining start to Sunday morning  – Virgilius puzzles are definitely the highlight of my solving week.   My top favourites this time were 10a, 27a, and 16d.

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Toughie 971

Toughie No 971 by Beam

Here’s Another Nice Mess

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

This has all the trademarks of Beam or Ray T – short clues, all single-word answers, mention of Queen, a sprinkling of innuendo and (a fairly recent idiosyncrasy) no anagrams at all. It all adds up to a very entertaining puzzle.
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DT 27166

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27166

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **+*/2Enjoyment ***

At the end, I was held back by 3 of the longer answers, so I’ll rate this a 2.5* for difficulty and 3* for enjoyment.  Thanks to Jay.

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