DT 29138 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138 (Hints)

The 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.

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Toughie 2286

Toughie No 2286 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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Always a joy. Today’s Elkamere has several easy ways in and plenty to keep you on your toes. My bottom half went in quickly and my top right hand corner yielded last.… Continue reading >

DT 29137

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29137

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from a hazy South Staffs. My thanks to LetterboxRoy for covering my absence last week.

I finished today’s Giovanni in ** time, but have added an extra star for some of the clues, which may not be within the comfort zone of all solvers.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2285

Toughie No 2285 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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Today Beam becomes the latest setter to reach a century of Toughies and I seem to have blogged more than my fair share of them. Not that I mind because I always enjoy them and today’s was no exception. Mind you I think I was not quite with it today because I made far harder work of this Beam puzzle than I usually do. But I got there in the end though some of the parsing needed winkling out. Continue reading “Toughie 2285”

DT 29136

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29136

Hints and tips by a mostly dried out pommers

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Hola from a rather soggy Vega Baja.  No, I’ve not signed the pledge (as if I ever would) but I have dried out a bit.  In the early hours of yesterday we had over four inches of rain in about two hours so everywhere was more than a bit moist.  At least the weather has since returned to normal service and both me and the village have (mostly) dried out. It don’t rain here very often but when it does it’s best to batten down the hatches and make sure the drains are running free.
I don’t know who today’s setter is but he or she has provided us with a very nice puzzle with more than a usual number of cryptic definitions.  It’s not too tricky and there a few anagrams to give you a start if you need it. I really enjoyed it so I’ll be interested to hear your views of it.
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ST 3016

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3016

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 11th August 2019

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A trickier offering from Dada with a good mixture of clue types

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Toughie 2284

Toughie No 2284 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie if it didn’t have a few terms I didn’t know but the only one which gave me any significant problems was 5d where I was thrown by the unusual spelling.… Continue reading >

DT 29135

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29135

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

When summer gets extended somewhat longer than the norm we have the expression “Indian Summer” to describe it. If there is a similar expression to describe a winter that goes on past its recommended use-by date, it is one that we don’t know. At the bottom of the post we have put a photo we took two days ago looking across some wetlands of our estuary towards the Tararua ranges with a fresh mantle of snow.

Another Wednesday treat from Jay for us all to solve.

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