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DT 28749 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28749 (Hints)

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Greetings from Warrington!

Mr and Mrs BD are off doing swinging things with car keys, so I am popping in to hold the fort today.

It’s a lovely puzzle, probably by the original Mysteron, given a couple of the clues; though I have to say that I had one huge face palming moment when I couldn’t see the last one to go in and eventually after a large coffee and several crumpets, it hit me! Continue reading “DT 28749 (Hints)”

Toughie 2027

Toughie No 2027 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Got up early and managed to finish this well before the school run. ProXimal is using some very subtle definitions today, which forces you to unravel the wordplay rather than guess & parse.… Continue reading

DT 28748

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28748

Hints and tips by Miffypops. Every day is a school day.

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

The heart of downtown LI is awash with rain. I have been given two tickets for tomorrow’s big game at Twickenham. Saracens v Exeter.… Continue reading

DT 28743

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28743

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th May 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

After the previous week’s particularly straightforward crossword, this one was definitely back in the new regime’s Trickier Saturday bracket.… Continue reading

Toughie 2026

Toughie No 2026 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

This isn’t the week that Stick Insect ups the difficulty level. It was an extremely gentle puzzle with some very unsatisfactory surfaces.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 28747

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28747

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. I thought this was quite tricky in places – it certainly took me a while to get going. I have no idea as to the identity of the setter but it’s not a Ray T Thursday.… Continue reading

ST 2951

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2951

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 13th May 2018

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

The usual Virgilius Sunday treat – however, while typing the review, I found that there are eleven clues requiring insertions, eight in the Acrosses, and three with the same indicator, which made me a little grumpy so I removed half a star from my enjoyment rating

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2025

Toughie No 2025 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a fairly gentle Toughie which I thought was somewhat lacking in sparkle. There are lots of reversals and deletions of single characters.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 28746

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28746

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Winter has arrived. At present we are having cold days with strong winds bringing a succession of squally showers some of which are thundery and others bringing hail.… Continue reading