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DT 29295

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29295

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Apologies for today’s bare-bones blog, but I need to spend my Monday evening with PowerPoint preparing for an important review in the morning.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions.  Clicking on the answer buttons will reveal the answers.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.  Continue reading "DT 29295"

DT 29294

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29294

Hints and tips by Our Resident Clown

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A user-friendly puzzle today in a user-friendly grid. What’s not to like. A first read through of clues gave a satisfactory number of answers scattered nicely across the grid. This gave many useful checking letters which helped with the trickier clues.  Continue reading “DT 29294”

ST 3044 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3044 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been having a roller coaster ride with temperatures ending up with a T-Shirts and Shorts plus 2 degrees on Friday.

Unexpected benevolence from Dada this week but still with a few Hmms (one to raise the ire of RD) – I counted five anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 clues, with 17 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 29293 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29293 (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 2389

Toughie No 2389 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Dutch is on holiday this week, giving me a chance to review a puzzle by one of my favourite setters.

Not many setters seem to have grasped what solvers expect from a Toughie, but proXimal certainly has. I was sailing through this, one clue at a time, before I came to a grinding halt in the southwest corner, which is why I added an extra helf a star to the difficulty. With a compound anagram it can be difficult to spot what is going on, and I needed to solve 27a before having any chance of knowing which four-letter name was required in 24d. Continue reading “Toughie 2389”

DT 29292

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29292

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another damp, grey day.

I thought that today’s puzzle was pretty straightforward, so it will be interesting to see your views.… Continue reading

DT 29287

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29287

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An extremely straightforward pangram – a perfect candidate for the proposed new ‘easier’ crossword slot

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