Monthly Archives: May 2017

Toughie 1821

Toughie No 1821 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I couldn’t work up a great deal of enthusiasm for this puzzle – if you could then do please try to convince me that I’m wrong. It does seem to require an awful lot of abbreviations and insertions/deletions of individual letters.… Read More

DT 28441

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28441

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
           This time next week we will be on our way to Australia so there will be someone else doing the Wednesday Hints and Tips for the next three weeks.… Read More

Toughie 1820

Toughie No 1820 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi.  I hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.  We return to normality with this pleasant puzzle from MynoT.  I was underwhelmed by a few of the surfaces and generally inclined to be grumpy today – but perhaps I’m just suffering from the after effects of being spun around on the back page blog!… Read More

DT 28440

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28440

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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Hello, everyone.  For me, learning new words is one of the pleasures of solving cryptics.  Over the weekend I learned a new word, but in a different way, namely through meeting this impressive creature while hiking [Click for a bigger version]:

She’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  Curiously, many of them had arranged themselves in clusters on an area of moist sand, like this:

After a little research I learned that this butterfly behaviour has a name – it’s called mud-puddling, an amusing word that I had never heard before.  Sadly, it’s not in Chambers, so I expect that we won’t be seeing it on the back page anytime soon.… Read More

DT 28439

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28439

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Happy bank holiday Monday to you all. It is carnival day here in Downtown LI. Traditionally carnival day begins by releasing a pig and chasing it through the village before stringing it upside down on the village green ready for this year’s carnival queen to slit its throat and daub her two attendants with its blood.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 164

A Puzzle by AKMild

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ST 2901 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2901 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Mother Nature is still being very kind to us – and a very Happy Birthday to Mary. 

Another very enjoyable, but perhaps not so typical, Sunday offering that is probably the trickiest Virgilius puzzle that I have had to solve and blog since I took over the Sunday spot from BD back in February, with a handful of anagrams (including partials), a couple of lurkers, and what I thought was a slightly odd homophone element to one of the answers.… Read More

NTSPP – 381

NTSPP – 381

Beefsteak by Chalicea

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DT 28438 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28438 (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.… Read More

Toughie 1819

Toughie No 1819 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A slightly gentler offering from Elgar with a few easier clues to give you a foothold – so do 19d. This is Elgar’s 118th toughie, and there is an appropriate Nina.… Read More