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Spring Masterclass (May 2015) – Positively the Last Update

Spring Masterclass

Midlands, Saturday 9 May 2015

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:

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DT 27761

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27761

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th March 2015

A fairly average Saturday puzzle as far as I can recall – the main source of comments being the problems people had with16a.… Continue reading

Toughie 1372

Toughie No 1372 by Notabilis

A Very Good Friday

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Nice to be back and have the pleasure of blogging a terrifically enjoyable puzzle from the ever-dependable Notabilis. A nicely challenging crossword with just about the right level of difficulty to make this a Friday puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 27766

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27766

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this rather damp Good Friday morning.

There’s a distinctly topical feel to this crossword from Giovanni, and indeed to the Quickie. If you have the bits of general knowledge that are required, the puzzle is quite straightforward.… Continue reading

Toughie 1371

Toughie No 1371 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was plain sailing until I got becalmed in the SW corner. It was a mixture of fairly obvious answers and some where the wordplay needed teasing out.… Continue reading

ST 2788

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2788

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd March 2015

My turn to be the lucky blogger to review this splendid Sunday puzzle – hard to choose a favourite from so many great clues so I’ll just give a big thank you to Virgilius for my double treat.… Continue reading

DT 27765

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27765

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where the weatherman tells us that we will be experiencing some rather strange weather today. Freezing rain and a high of 12° C — a highly unusual combination.… Continue reading

Toughie 1370

Toughie No 1370 by Shamus

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found most of this fairly straightforward and I would have given it ** for difficulty but then I was held up by my final clue 9d, a phrase I didn’t know, so it merited an extra *.… Continue reading

DT 27764

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27764

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. We thought last week’s greeting worked rather well so have used it again this week. Today is a glorious Autumn day. Slightly crispy and misty first thing this morning, but now it is beautifully clear, calm and sunny.
Nice stuff from Jay once again, not too tricky.

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