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DT 29263 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29263 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2366

Toughie No 2366 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Measured as a Toughie, I found this to be fairly easy. Less experienced solvers may think differently if they haven’t previously seen constructs like shopper = one who shops or betrays (13a), near meaning tight or miserly (1d), and splitting the answer to 9d as (3-11). Continue reading “Toughie 2366”

DT 29257 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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11 Down (and still going strong)

Birthday Bash

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The blog will have been going for 11 years on 28th January and to celebrate we will be having our usual Birthday Bash, at the same venue as last year.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 25th January – any time between 12 noon and 7.00 pm. Continue reading “11 Down (and still going strong)”

Toughie 2362

Toughie No 2362 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I loved this Silvanus puzzle, especially (for obvious reasons) 3d. Tuesday is fast becoming the best day of the Toughie week. Continue reading “Toughie 2362”

DT 29251 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29251 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2359

Toughie No 2359 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Happy New Year to one and all.

It was with some trepidation that I offered to swap Toughies with Gazza, and I was right. This is yet another back-page puzzle ramped up to Toughie level by the inclusion of a scattering of obscurities. Continue reading “Toughie 2359”

Toughie 2355

Toughie No 2355 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I made slow progress getting into this puzzle, although on looking back it is difficult to see why. It is certainly not one of the usual fluffy Tuesday Toughies. Continue reading “Toughie 2355”

MPP 091 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 091 – Review

December 2019

Initial Letters – A Puzzle by Alchemi

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The instructions provided by Alchemi said “Some words when said aloud begin with the sound of their first letter, eg BEAST,. CEASE or PEASHOOTER, unlike BOY, CAST or PHILOSOPHER. How many of today’s answers begin with the sound of their first letters?”

Our December winner is Rahmat Ali, who wins a Telegraph puzzles book of his choice so long as he lives in the UK.  Rahmat enters most months so it is good to see his name come out of the electronic hat. Continue reading “MPP 091 – Review”

DT 29240 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29240 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Continue reading “DT 29240 (Hints)”