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Online Masterclass (Nov 2021)

Online Crossword Masterclass for Aspiring Setters and Advanced Solvers

Saturday 20 and 27 Nov 2021

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman: Continue reading “Online Masterclass (Nov 2021)”

Toughie 2689

Toughie No 2689 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Dada has presented a grid of only twenty-eight solutions today. 16 of those have unchecked first letters which always increases the difficulty level of a puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2689”

DT 29744

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29744

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I found much to like in today's fine puzzle, so I have bumped the enjoyment rating up to a star above average. There's nothing obscure or convoluted in the clueing, with most of the challenge coming from excellent misdirection and skilfully disguised definitions. I would very much like to know who created a puzzle this entertaining. So if our compiler is reading, perhaps they could post a comment below?  Continue reading "DT 29744"