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DT 29153 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29153

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

This morning we woke to find a white frost. We thought we had had our last one of these for the season but nature had other ideas. At least a calm fine day has followed.

We found this Jay puzzle at the trickier end of his spectrum and have given it three stars for difficulty and even wondered whether it should have more than that. Lots of fun as usual with some rather scrumptious anagrams.

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DT 29147 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29147

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last week we spoke about dead things we had found on our regular walking circuit so thought that it would be good to redress the balance with today’s preamble. Right on schedule for the start of our spring, the first family of cute little ducklings appeared on 1st September. The next clutches were only a day or two behind them. A much more spirit-lifting sight.

Enjoy this Jay puzzle….. We did.

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DT 29141 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29141

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve given weather reports quite often lately so will change the pattern this week and report on our finds on our beach walk this morning. Quite sad really. Firstly the remains of an albatross. It was in an advanced state of decay but from what we could see of the wings it would have had a span of at least two metres, a magnificent bird. Next was the dead body of a young seal pup. It was only about 60cm long and as there are no breeding colonies close by it must have been a long way from home. We arrived home feeling quite down. A good thing we had a Jay puzzle to cheer us up again.

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DT 29135 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29135

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

When summer gets extended somewhat longer than the norm we have the expression “Indian Summer” to describe it. If there is a similar expression to describe a winter that goes on past its recommended use-by date, it is one that we don’t know. At the bottom of the post we have put a photo we took two days ago looking across some wetlands of our estuary towards the Tararua ranges with a fresh mantle of snow.

Another Wednesday treat from Jay for us all to solve.

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DT 29129 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29129

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our winter weather has continued for most of the week but as we write this we are bathed in bright warm sunshine. So, fingers crossed, we can look forward to an imminent improvement. Walking along the beach is much more fun if we don’t have to be dressed up like Michelin men and pushing into a strong headwind.

Jay has given us another top quality Wednesday puzzle.

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DT 29123 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29123
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

On a recent blog we mentioned that Spring looked to be just around the corner. We have had to eat our words. Winter has returned here with a vengeance. Cold southerly winds and snow to low levels has been the norm over most of the country with road closures and other disruptions. The only people happy about it are the operators of the ski fields who now have an extended season.

All the usual Wednesday fun from Jay.

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DT 29115 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29115
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve had a little blogger shuffle this week so here we are working with a Monday puzzle while Miffypops will be doing our usual Jay puzzle on Wednesday.

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DT 29111 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29111

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back in the Wednesday blogging chair again. Thanks Miffypops for doing the honours in our absence and for keeping up a New Zealand theme.

Still in the midst of winter here, albeit a mild one, but a few adventurous spring flowers are just starting to appear.

A quality puzzle from Jay once again.

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DT 29099 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29099

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The site being down for a couple of days has reminded us what an integral part of our lives this community of solvers and commenters has become. Our sincere thanks to BD for the huge commitment of time and effort that he puts in to make it all possible.

Another good fun Wednesday puzzle from Jay.

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Toughie 2257 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2257

Double, double toil and trouble by Firefly

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Bet you didn’t expect to see us back in the blogging chair quite so soon. Bufo was not available so we stepped up to review a Toughie for a change.

There’s a theme here that you’ll probably guess from the heading. A couple of new words for us and good fun all the way through.

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