Author Archives: 2Kiwis

As our avatar and pen name indicate we are both New Zealanders born and bred. Although our ancestry is British and Scottish, three of our parents were also born in NZ and the fourth emigrated here as a young man in the 1920s.

We are both in our early seventies, have been married a long time so must be pretty used to each other by now. We have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Toughie 1871

Toughie No 1871 by Sparks

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This is our very first effort at writing a Toughie blog and we have been anxiously waiting all week to see who the setter would be. As it turned out we need not have worried as Sparks has given us a not too fiendishly difficult and very enjoyable puzzle.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28513

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
             Over the last few weeks we have been putting together our next overseas adventure. As well as arranging flights and itineraries we have had to deal with a rather involved process to obtain visas and then get some inoculations.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28507

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
              Another rainy week here.
               It took us a little while to get a toehold on this one and we enjoyed the challenge so we have given it good ratings for both difficulty and enjoyment.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28501

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
                 Rain, rain and more rain. We even suspect that the power outage that caused us to have a candlelit evening recently was caused by water getting into part of a transformer where it should not have been.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28495

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
                Our very wet winter continues. Everything seems to have been in a state of sogginess for months and we are all looking forward to the gradually increasing day lengths to help the drying process as our spring approaches. … Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28489

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
               We are back home again, the huge pile of accumulated washing is now dealt with and we are settling back into the usual routines of daily life which includes the recurrent dose of crossword activities.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28477

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
              We are having a rather nasty wintry storm system moving up the country at present. It has already dumped significant snow in many parts of the South Island and is now moving towards us.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28471

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
             At present our country is swarming with people wearing red clothing, often travelling in motor-homes and drinking lots of beer. They all seem to be behaving themselves and are very welcome.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28465

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
            It feels good to be back to writing the Wednesday blog after our most enjoyable mid-winter break in Australia. Thanks Shropshire Lad for so ably filling in for us.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28441

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
           This time next week we will be on our way to Australia so there will be someone else doing the Wednesday Hints and Tips for the next three weeks.… Read More