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Toughie 2929

Toughie No 2929 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone from a blue skies but slightly Autumnal South Devon. Chalicea kicks of the Toughie week with an enjoyable puzzle that, as expected from this setter, was relatively gentle but good fun

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DT 30103

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30103
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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BD Rating – Difficulty **    Enjoyment ****

Good morning. This was great fun to solve and notable for some very neat anagram clues, which were among my favourites. Continue reading “DT 30103”

DT 30102

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30102

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where autumn is firmly entrenched with daytime highs in the mid-teens and overnight lows dipping to near frost level. Fortunately, we were well out of the path of hurricane Fiona and thus escaped the devastation that she wreaked on Atlantic Canada.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 35 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 35 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A not-too tricky Sunday Toughie from Zandio today. I cannot confirm whether it was harder than his Friday offering as work and Mama Bee curtailed my cruciverbalism that day.

Several cups of 16d were required to parse a couple and I hope I have got them now, please feel free to correct me if you disagree. I have hinted half of an even 14a/14d, but even so, there are quite enough hard ones unhinted. I think I have the latitude to help with a few bonuses if you want more hints, just ask away and I will try and help.

Here we go…

 

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EV 1558 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1558 (Hints)

Name That Tune by X-Type

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is X-Type’s sixth EV crossword. His generous cluing style and use of familiar language will give a speedy solve to old hands and be a pleasure to solve for newcomers to the advanced thematic cryptics.… Continue reading

ST 3179 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3179 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Thursday, the last (partial) day of astronomical summer, we started off the day at a chilly plus 1 degree.

For me, Dada sort of friendly, although it took me a little while to ‘get going’ – six anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one (doubtful) homophone – all in an asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30101 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30101 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Crypticsue and Mr CS are celebrating a significant anniversary today – many congratulations to them and best wishes for an enjoyable day. I’ve been called off the bench to provide a few hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.Continue reading

Toughie 2928

Toughie No 2928 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

As usual with Elgar, an extremely satisfying solve with lots of amazing clues,  though a slow start, a slow middle and a slow finish. Several clues parsed after completion – some while writing up the blog, which often happens with me.… Continue reading