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ST 2784

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2784

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd February 2015

A Sunday morning treat full of double delights.

 

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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.… Continue reading

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.

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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.… Continue reading

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!Continue reading

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.

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