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Toughie 1527

Toughie No 1527 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

And a very happy New Year to everyone! Osmosis gives us a great puzzle to start 2016. This took me normal Toughie time so 3* for difficulty, and plenty of surprise definitions and fun wordplay to give us 4* for enjoyment

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DT 27999

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27999

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Happy New Year from South Staffs with a reasonably clear start to the day.

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ST 2827

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2827

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 20th December 2015

Morning All and a Happy New Year!. Apologies for the two late reviews – I was involved in a couple of impromptu parties which diverted my attention somewhat!. We have a festive puzzle from Brian Greer themed around the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song. I have highlighted the themed clues in BLUE.

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