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.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28395

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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny morning.

Plenty of General Knowledge needed this morning, with perhaps an emphasis on matters nautical and ornithological. But the wordplay from Giovanni should enable solvers to reach the right answers.… Read More

DT 28389

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28389

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Good morning from South Staffs this Spring morning.

Quite gentle from Giovanni today, so far as I was concerned, though the times reported so far on the puzzles website leaderboard suggest others may find it more taxing.… Read More

DT 28383

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28383

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Good morning from South Staffs on a dry but overcast morning.

By way of contrast to some recent Giovanni puzzles, I found this one quite tricky, well into *** difficulty, though looking back at it, it is hard to see why.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28377

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Céad míle fáilte from South Staffs this St Patrick’s day morning. Here’s some suitably festive music

A reasonably straightforward Giovanni this week, with some nice anagrams to get you going.… Read More

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28371

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Good morning from South Staffs where it’s cloudy but mild. My thanks to ShropshireLad for filling in for me last week.

A touch of geography from Giovanni this week, and one or two less common words, but nothing particularly difficult.… Read More

DT 28359

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28359

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Good morning from a sunny South Staffs. Storm Doris has blown away, leaving us, fortunately, with just a couple of small branches to clear up: others in the region have been rather worse affected.… Read More

DT 28353

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28353

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Good morning from South Staffs where after some brightness yesterday the relentless gloom of this winter has returned. At one stage yesterday it looked as though I might have difficulty posting this set of hints, but – fingers crossed – it seems that BD and Cloudflare have fought off the barbarians again.… Read More

DT 28347

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28347

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Good morning from South Staffs on a cold, grey day.

I fairly rattled through today’s Giovanni, with nothing causing any hold-up.

In the hints below, the definitions are underlined.… Read More

DT 28341

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28341

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Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has started bright and sunny.

I wasn’t sure quite what to make of today’s puzzle. I had the grid filled in ** time, but have added another star because it took me a little longer to be sure of the parsing of some clues.… Read More

DT 28335

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28335

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Good morning from South Staffs on a cold and frosty morning.

I finished in ** time again this week, but I suspect that some may find today’s Giovanni harder than that.… Read More