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DT 27734

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27734

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This week we are writing from Wellington. We have been inveigled into being grandchildren minders for a few days. As we are technophobes, we arrived here nice and early to be sure we could connect up the Wi-Fi and printer as we like them. Whew, it all worked as we hoped and we’re sure that we can cope with the interruption when we have to collect Milly from Kindergarten mid-afternoon too.
Good stuff again from Jay that should keep all the regulars happy as it did us. Don’t forget the Quickie pun too. It’s an absolute groaner!

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DT 27728

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27728

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We had a few days of colder weather with rain in some areas that coincided with the opening events of the world cup cricket,
however it did not last long and we have returned to beautifully fine clear late summer days. It is getting a little nippier in the
mornings too but we have not yet been moved to change from sandals and shorts for our daily walks.
We have several birds in the puzzle to go with the Jay and the 2Kiwis, and also thought we had found another. But it wasn’t! The non-bird held us up a bit in the SE corner.

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DT 27722

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27722

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On our regular walk this morning we particularly noted that the Bar-tailed Godwits are looking plump now and changing to their rust coloured plumage in preparation for their imminent departure for Alaska. Other birds that we noticed  were the little Wrybills. Quite small birds by wading bird standards with eponymous shaped bills that curve to the right. They scuttle frantically across the sand like out of control clockwork models in search of sand-hoppers to eat.  However the highlight has to be the flock of 18a’s that were resting on a sand spit close to our path.
Today’s Jay puzzle is well up to the standard we have come to expect and enjoy.

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DT 27716

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27716

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After a record-breaking dry January, we have at last had a few days of rain that has been much appreciated by farmers and gardeners. This coming weekend is a long holiday one here for Waitangi Day (we don’t call them Bank Holidays here, but the same thing) and we are hoping the weather returns to dry again as we are expecting an invasion of family, intending to pitch their tents on the lawn.
A good fun puzzle again from Jay, slightly trickier, we thought, than last week’s.

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DT 27710

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27710

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We felt privileged to have done the reviews on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and now we get to write one on this auspicious day.
Happy Birthday Blog.
Our weather has been like we think we remember our summers from childhood. Day after day of blue skies and sunshine with the temperatures in the high 20’s. Long may it last.
Good fun again from Jay and it should not present too many difficulties.

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DT 27698

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27698

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There seems to be a benevolent anticyclone that has decided to spend a prolonged period sitting over New Zealand. Perfect weather for the thousands of people who are taking their annual summer holiday.

Jay has broken this week’s pattern of more difficult puzzles with this enjoyable offering.

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DT 27692

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27692

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Our Pohutukawa trees which were a little late this year to deserve their title of New Zealand Christmas trees are now in full bloom. We have three vivid crimson beacons from our house to the river, and a spell of brilliant mid-summer weather too. Marvellous!

Jay delights and amuses us once again.

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DT 27686

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27686

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This week, at the time this gets posted, it will be the stroke of midnight here. Throughout the land fireworks will be set off and many voices will be raised in appalling raucous renditions of Auld Lang Syne……..but not here. We expect to be happily asleep by then. The last of our family visitors left yesterday.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

We guess that we are back with a Jay puzzle. It certainly feels to us like his usual good fun.

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DT 27681

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27681

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At the time this gets posted we will be fast asleep in bed. Santa, wearing beach shorts and Jandals, will be sliding down our chimney. Our Christmas Day will have begun.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.
This week we have the pleasure of blogging a Rufus Christmas puzzle. Happy Christmas Rufus, and a special mention too for Jay who has given us such fun on Wednesdays.

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DT 27675

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27675

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We have got to the end of what has been a busy time for us. The last of our visitors has been delivered to the railway station. “The Book” has been successfully launched. (Check out the link at the end of the post if more detail is required.) All done in time to let us enjoy this clever, slightly tricky puzzle from Jay.

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