Monthly Archives: November 2017

Toughie 1926

Toughie No 1926 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was my first chance to blog a Stick Insect Toughie since I was on my travels when his last puzzle appeared on a Thursday. I echo the comments that Deep Threat made on that occasion when he echoed the comments made by Gazza when he blogged the first one.… Read More

DT 28598

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28598

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning all from a rather dank and dismal Vega Baja.  Winter has certainly arrived at last.  I haven’t a clue who today’s setter is as the style doesn’t ring any bells at all. … Read More

ST 2926

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2926

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th November 2017

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

I really enjoyed this Sunday puzzle – lots of Virgilius ‘specials and some lovely surface readings too.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1925

Toughie No 1925 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a typical Osmosis puzzle (and it’s a pangram) with lots of detailed wordplay although it’s somewhat easier than he can sometimes be. I enjoy deciphering his clues but the large number of insertion/containment constructs in this one did get a bit wearing after a while and became more apparent when I was writing the hints – so I’ve docked one star from my original intention for the enjoyment rating.… Read More

DT 28597

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28597

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.                

We seem to have mentioned weather quite a lot lately but it really is quite phenomenal. After a very wet winter it has now become extremely dry with temperatures that we do not usually see until much later in the summer.… Read More

Toughie 1924

Toughie No 1924 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello and welcome to a Toughie Tuesday which I found tough.

I’ve taken to trying to avoid seeing the setter names in advance, partly so I can enjoy the game of guess who, but also to try to avoid or spot any biases. … Read More

DT 28596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28596

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I appreciated how this puzzle offered some straightforward clues to provide a foothold from which to tackle other clues featuring more complex constructions hiding behind smooth surface readings.  The solve was most definitely good fun.… Read More

New Telegraph Puzzles Editor

New Telegraph Puzzles Editor

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Some of you may have already heard that Phil McNeill is retiring as the Telegraph Puzzles Editor at the end of January 2018.  Phil took over from Kate Fassett just a few weeks before I started the Blog back in January 2009. … Read More

DT 28595

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28595

Hints and tips by Miffypops
Direct from the crime capital of South Warwickshire

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

MP is jubilant today after watching the England men’s and women’s teams win at Twickenham. The mighty Coventry RFUC made it twelve wins out of twelve in my absence.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 190

A Puzzle by Italicus

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