Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28996
Hints and tips by Mr K
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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ****
Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-page blog. I liked this puzzle. The clues all have smooth surfaces, the wordplay is precise, the answers aren't obscure, no general knowledge is required in the solve, and there are quite a few smiles along the way. What more could one ask for on a Tuesday? Politics gets a mention in several clues. I wonder if that's a coincidence?
In last week's blogs there were a few comments about solving times and whether using aids is cheating. New readers curious about how their solving experience compares with that of other site visitors might be interested in my 2017 survey on the use of aids, solving times, and personal ratings for one particular back-page puzzle. I thought that the data was surprising.
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