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DT 29213

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29213

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve been rather busy lately as we decided it was time to re-stain our house. Last time we did it there were two sprightly 60yr olds up the ladders. A bit more of an effort for 75yr olds but slowly, with lots of coffee and crossword breaks, seems to be doing the trick.… Continue reading

DT 29207

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29207

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Over the last few days we have missed some of our regular beach walks because of various routine dental and medical appointments. Far less interesting to write about in the preamble so we’ll move straight on to today’s Jay puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29201

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29201

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The sand-dunes we walk through regularly are a riot of wild flowers at present. Most of them are non-native garden escapees of all types and colours with lupins by far the most dominant and with an all pervasive scent. The sandy beach is littered with a different kind of bloom, with millions of blue-bottle jellyfish washed up in drifts. Continue reading “DT 29201”

DT 29195

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29195

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back to the usual two-person household after a busy long weekend with family staying. Wonderful to have them all here, and our daughter’s birthday was celebrated in style.

Jay is the setter today of course, so we have a competently put-together fun puzzle once again.

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DT 29189

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29189

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

This coming weekend we have Labour Day, what many of you would call a ‘Bank Holiday’. We are having an invasion of all the close family who are in NZ at present so we can celebrate our daughter’s birthday. Cake making and other preparations are underway.

We did think of mentioning the rugby game that also happens this Saturday, but as either we will be pleased or most of our readers will be pleased, it is better that we don’t.

In the meantime, another good fun Jay puzzle to deal with.

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DT 29183

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29183

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A brisk southerly blowing here today. On our regular walk this morning we could have (should have) reversed the direction of our circuit, but being creatures of habit, we chose to put our heads down and battle into the head wind on the ocean beach third of the route. Bracing and invigorating!

All the usual Wednesday fun from Jay. We completed this within our 2 star time but there were several answers in the bottom half that gave us pause for thought.

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DT 29177

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29177

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We seem to have been all over the place lately. Health issues for a very good, long-standing friend has meant lots of to, from, and around Wellington trips for us. However we are both home again now so able to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle as usual.

The weather is at last starting to warm up a bit. One of us is actually wearing shorts today.

We found this puzzle at the trickier end of Jay’s spectrum and even considered the possibility of giving it 4 difficulty stars.

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DT 29171

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29171

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Clocks changed now so we have to wait an extra hour to get our daily dose of puzzles. And it gets another hour later when you people change your clocks at the end of this month.

Winter weather has decided that it wants to stick around for a bit longer yet. Blustery, wet and cold here again today. Our 16 yr old granddaughter and her three friends, who are visiting for a few days (it’s school holidays), are slow to emerge from warm sleeping bags in these conditions.

Quality puzzle again from Jay.

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DT 29165

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29165

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We have passed our vernal equinox. Our clocks get moved forward an hour this coming weekend. The whitebait season is well underway with keen people in waders lining the banks of many rivers and streams. The first godwits have arrived back after their non-stop migration from Alaska. But still the weather feels more wintry than spring-like and we are still lighting our fire each evening.

Good fun as ever from Jay.

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DT 29159

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29159

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our weather lately has been pretty awful with a lot of wind and generally cold, wet and blustery. Today it all changed and we have a beautiful fine calm day. Almost tempted to bring more summery clothes out of the wardrobe.

Jay in his usual reliable form. It took us exactly the same time as last week so have left the difficulty rating unchanged.

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