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DT 29713

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29713

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I’m deputising for Pommers today as he is travelling around southern Spain.

A good start-of-the-week puzzle i.e. not too difficult!

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Toughie 2661

Toughie No 2661 by Moeraki

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is Moeraki’s third Toughie (the last one was back in March). It contains several words that may not be in the vocabulary of many solvers, but all answers were easy enough to derive. Continue reading “Toughie 2661”

Toughie 2660

Toughie No 2660 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment *

Dutch is unavailable today.  I hadn’t anticipated the problems of the last two days when I agreed to cover for him, which is why this review is so late. Continue reading “Toughie 2660”

Site Outage

Update 11th Jun 2021

I have managed to post Miffypops review of DT 29698, due yesterday, and will endeavour to add Rahmat’s DT 29694 [✓] and my review of Toughie 2660 [✓] later today.  All other reviews have been posted


This site was down for most of yesterday (10th June) and was only restored after 3 plugins were deactivated.

Toughie 2629

Toughie No 2629 by Chalicea

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The late posting was due to a problem at the hosting site which caused an outage.


A typical Tuesday Toughie from Chalicea. Continue reading “Toughie 2629”

ST 3101

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3101

A full review by Big Dave

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This puzzle was published on 28th March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our Sunday Setter was in a generous mood and gave us a reasonably straightforward puzzle this week. Continue reading “ST 3101”

Toughie 2621

Toughie No 2621 by Donnybrook

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

Apologies for the lateness of the blog, but an overnight upgrade of Windows 10 nearly wrecked my laptop – I still have a lot to recover.

Another enjoyable puzzle from Donnybrook. Continue reading “Toughie 2621”