Author Archives: Deep Threat

Deep Threat is a retired tax inspector. He has been solving Daily Telegraph crosswords on and off for over 50 years, but has only begun to do them regularly since retiring.

He lives in Staffordshire, and is married with 3 grown-up children and 1 granddaughter.

Other interests include bridge, croquet and touring in his caravan, especially in France.

DT 28551

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28551

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs.

A fair slice of GK required to solve today’s Giovanni, though the cluing is, as always, perfectly fair. This one took me longer to solve than the Toughie I blogged yesterday.… Read More

Toughie 1894

 

Toughie No 1894 by Stick Insect

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Good afternoon from South Staffs, where I’m doing an extra shift this week to cover for Bufo’s absence.

This is the second Toughie set by Stick Insect (the first was Toughie 1873) and I find myself echoing the comments Gazza made when blogging that one.… Read More

DT 28545

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28545

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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp September day.

I fairly rattled through today’s puzzle from Giovanni, with the four long anagrams around the outside providing lots of checkers.… Read More

DT 28539

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28539

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Good morning from Sandringham in Norfolk, where we’re staying on the royal estate for a few days (on the Camping and Caravanning Club site, not with HM).… Read More

DT 28533

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28533

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Good morning from South Staffs.

The top half of today’s puzzle from Giovanni went in at high speed, then I slowed a little before completing the bottom half, but still finished in ** time.… Read More

DT 28527

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28527

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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey September morning.

Not many anagrams from Giovanni today, but a lot of charades, where several small items need to be stuck together.… Read More

DT 28521

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28521

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Good morning from South Staffs, as the month of mists and mellow fruitfulness begins with some sunshine.

I struggled to get going with the top half of today’s Giovanni, then accelerated through the rest of the puzzle, and was surprised to find that I had finished in ** time.… Read More

DT 28515

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28515

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Good morning from South Staffs on a fine, sunny morning. My thanks to Senf for stepping in last week while I was otherwise engaged.

I was making rapid progress through today’s Giovanni until I hit a mental block at 10a, which became my last one in and accounts for the *** difficulty rating.… Read More

DT 28503

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28503

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Good morning from South Staffs. A bright and sunny start, but the threat of more rain later.

Giovanni has his General Knowledge hat on today, though backed up as usual by very fair cluing.… Read More

DT 28497

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28497

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Good morning from South Staffs. Another bright sunny morning which, if the rest of the week is any guide, will give way to cloud and rain later.… Read More