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DT 29293

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29293

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 22nd February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

One for fans of anagrams and/or ‘container and contents’ clues; one of the latter, 18d, being my Down favourite as I did smile at the ‘one in hand’; my Across favourite was 12a

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Toughie 2392

Toughie No 2392 by Stick Insect

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I’m at a loss as to what level of difficulty to award this extremely straightforward crossword – time-wise, I’d have only given it 1* difficulty rating if it had been on the back page of the paper – I actually did a double-take at the timer to make sure it was correct.  … Continue reading

ST 3043

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3043

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This puzzle was published on 16th February 2020

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

On the difficult-to-get-going side again – however, if you are fond of a double definition clue, this could be the crossword for you!… Continue reading

DT 29287

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29287

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This puzzle was published on 15th February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An extremely straightforward pangram – a perfect candidate for the proposed new ‘easier’ crossword slot

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Toughie 2388

Toughie No 2388 by Firefly

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

One of those crosswords where it helps if you know ‘stuff’ and fortunately for me, I did. Solved in a time on the cusp of a backpager and a Toughie, so slightly trickier than I’d expected from Firefly.… Continue reading

ST 3042

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3042

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Dada is one of those setters where you really need to get on his wavelength straight away in order to solve the crossword.… Continue reading

MPP 093 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 093 – Review

February 2020

A Puzzle by Radler

The instructions said: The wordplay in each of the across clues provides an extra letter, not needed for the answer. In clue order, the extra letters spell a phrase (1,6,3,6) which is a clue to one of the down entries. The down clues are normal. What is the answer to the clue formed from the extra letters?Continue reading

DT 29281

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29281

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This puzzle was published on 8th February 2020

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

One of those crosswords where the bottom was a lot trickier than the top. The repetition radar also bleeped along the way.… Continue reading

Toughie 2384

Toughie No 2384 by Beam

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

All the trademark references you’d expect were all correctly ‘on parade’ in this Beam crossword which, for me anyway, just crept over the border into Toughie time

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ST 3041

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3041

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This puzzle was published on 2nd February 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A Sunday crossword made for fans of anagrams, insertions and homophones

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