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DT 29240

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29240

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st December 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

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Across

1a    Tinker a little, using starter only after car’s repaired (6)
RASCAL – A (from the clue) and the ‘starter’ of Little go after an anagram (repaired) of CARS

4a    They take you out on your birthday (8)
MIDWIVES – When I eventually worked out what this clue was on about, my reaction was ‘yuck’ which is really quite polite in the circumstances

10a    A constituent that’s divorced?… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100011

Double Toughie No 100011
Theme & Variations by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,011 and the solution can be found, from Boxing Day, under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,011. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100011”

Toughie 2356

Toughie No 2356 by Gila

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Apologies for the late appearance of this review.  This was due to visitors and a long lunch chez BD.


Most of it went in with litte difficulty though I did have to work on the last 2 or 3 answers and the words that were new to me. Continue reading “Toughie 2356”

DT 29243

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29243

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a very good Christmas Day and are about to enjoy Boxing Day,  whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re going to be doing it with!… Continue reading

Toughie 100,011

Toughie No 100,011 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Our esteemed editor has taken pity on those of us who have overindulged today and given us a very gentle festive Toughie – but as we say all the time a puzzle can be very enjoyable without being terribly difficult and this one fits the bill.… Continue reading

DT 100011

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 100011

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Merry Christmas everyone. Or in Maori ‘Meri Kirihimete’.

As today is a Wednesday we (at least those of us who get it from the Puzzles site) do still have a Jay puzzle to solve and enjoy. Continue reading “DT 100011”

Toughie 2355

Toughie No 2355 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I made slow progress getting into this puzzle, although on looking back it is difficult to see why. It is certainly not one of the usual fluffy Tuesday Toughies. Continue reading “Toughie 2355”

DT 29242

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29242

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  We have a solid puzzle today, with seven anagrams providing multiple entry points and a sprinkling of general knowledge for those who like such things.  Continue reading "DT 29242"

DT 29241

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29241

Hints and tips by The Innkeeper (there is no room at the inn)

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Merry Christmas Eve Eve to – Our puzzles editor Chris Lancaster, Big Dave, all of my fellow bloggers, all of youse who comment every day, all of youse who comment less regularly, all of youse who look at the blog but never comment. Continue reading “DT 29241”

ST 3034

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3034

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th December 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A typical Sunday crossword – not much to hold up the solver, apart from my slight inability to spot what was going on in 16d

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