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DT 29381

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29381

Hints and tips by Ulysses Everitt McGill

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Gdanga from the heart of Downtown L I where we are enjoying a very quiet time in our lives. Not much is happening at all. No jets flying into Elmdon Airport as was. It is eerily quiet although the Corvids can make a deal of noise when aroused. Continue reading “DT 29381”

Toughie 2442

Toughie No 2442 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Tattycoram

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Good afternoon from the very still heart of Downtown L I where great excitement has been enjoyed as a Cuckoo has been heard singing his song in the osier beds. The first in many years. Todays Toughie is not too tough although a couple of parsings held me up. Continue reading “Toughie 2442”

Toughie 2434

Toughie No 2434 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Reynard The Fox

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Afternoon which is just about when our paperboy/man turns up. This is just how I like a Tuesday Toughie. Tough enough to make me think but doable after a little bit of thought.… Continue reading

DT 29357

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29357

Hints and tips by

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Good morning from Lockdown L I. Where Saint Sharon and I are enjoying an enforced retirement with pay. Although we have nothing to do and all day to do it, it is surprising just what can be achieved with a little effort here and there. The interior of our house in Leicestershire (It’s not Warwickshire Sharon) is nearly finished so I have begun an ambitious landscaping project in the garden. That should be fun with my knees. At least I have plenty of alcohol to see me through. Continue reading “DT 29357”

Toughie 2426

Toughie No 2426 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by A Queasy Queequeg

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Today we have a superbly accessible but just tough enough Toughie from Chalicea. There is a lot of fun to be had here but the number of reversals in this puzzle have left Queequeg feeling quite queasy.  Continue reading “Toughie 2426”

DT 29345

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29345

Hints and tips by Pinkie Brown

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Today we have a very depressing black grid. There are 88 black squares out of 225. That is forty per cent of the available space not being used. This means we only have 26 clues to solve. These grids always disappoint me. Continue reading “DT 29345”

Toughie 2418

Toughie No 2418 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Ophelia.
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning from the slowly beating heart of Downtown L I. If this is the most happening place in the village I dread to think how dull the outskirts and suburbs must be. Continue reading “Toughie 2418”

DT 29333

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29333

Hints and tips by Nicholas Nickleby

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Good morning from Green Man Towers. Life on lockdown is quite the ticket. Village life goes on at a distance. Mrs Owen has too many tomato plants. Help yourselves from the wall outside her house. If you want eggs, we will leave them on the bench at the front of the pub. It is still eerily quiet which I like. I don’t miss the aeroplanes flying into Birmingham, but I do miss the grandchildren who are doing their best but are suffering from cabin fever. Their parents are also doing their best to stay safe and to amuse and educate in difficult circumstances. Ah well. Troubled times. Continue reading “DT 29333”

Toughie 2410

Toughie No 2410 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Man with No Name

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Morning. The sun is shining here in Downtown L I. It is still deathly silent so we can hear the mice in the attic going about their business (Not for much longer they won’t be) Our twelve rehomed hens are becoming more normal as each day passes. When we first released them into their five-star luxury coop they stood stock still not knowing how to be chickens. What a difference freedom makes. What a friendly bunch they are. Continue reading “Toughie 2410”