Author Archives: crypticsue

Toughie 1864

Toughie No 1864 by MynoT

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

MynoT starts off the Toughie week – the difficulty rating being  a reflection of the fact that some of the clues definitely fell into the ‘took longer to explain than solve’ category… Read More

NTSPP – 391

NTSPP – 391

A Puzzle by Snape

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DT 28492

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28492

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 29th July

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

Apart from mutterings about long gone actresses, this puzzle seemed to go down well on Saturday. Mr CS (who doesn’t do cryptic crosswords but quite often listens as I mutter away to myself) thought 10/11a was a brilliant clue.… Read More

NTSPP – 390

NTSPP – 390

A Puzzle by Tilsit

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DT 28486

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28486

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 22nd July

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

I don’t know whether it is just me but I think Saturday puzzles have improved a bit lately. They still are straightforward enough to encourage lots of competition entries, but they have a little je ne sais quoi that makes them a bit more interesting to review, even though I do appear to have typed the words ‘..… Read More

ST 2908

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2908

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 16th July

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

Another fine Sunday puzzle – I think I’ll pick 11a as my favouritep>

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. … Read More

ST 2907

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2907

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 9thd July

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Thank you to Virgilius for another fine Sunday puzzle, my favourite clue was 13a

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. … Read More

NTSPP – 387

NTSPP – 387

Puzzle for Macclesfield S&B  by Dutch

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DT 28468

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28462

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 1st July

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This Saturday puzzle didn’t take long to solve or draft the review, but I wonder whether people who weren’t looking at the clues as carefully as I was would notice the number of times in a row that particular types of clue were used.… Read More

NTSPP – 386

NTSPP – 386

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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