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DT 29297

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29297

Hints and tips by a short-changed Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

It’s not often that I notice a grid pattern before during or after solving a puzzle. I did today as soon as it appeared. Too many black squares. Only 26 answers and only 26 clues. I feel short-changed.

At the birthday bash Silvanus told us he had a puzzle published elsewhere that he had written for The Daily Telegraph but could not submit as the grid was not one that they use. Well whatever grid it was I reckon it will have had more than twenty six solutions. Continue reading “DT 29297”

DT 29294

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29294

Hints and tips by Our Resident Clown

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A user-friendly puzzle today in a user-friendly grid. What’s not to like. A first read through of clues gave a satisfactory number of answers scattered nicely across the grid. This gave many useful checking letters which helped with the trickier clues.  Continue reading “DT 29294”

DT 29288

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29288

Hints and tips by Merusa’s Mate Max

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Good morning from the sodden heart of Downtown L I. It’s wet out there folks but the sun is shining and the temporary lake formed by the river breaking its banks does look very pretty. Hopefully nobody has flooded and livestock are all ok. Continue reading “DT 29288”

DT 29282

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29282

Hints and tips by Elsie Longstaff

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

I felt that I was being transported back in time to meet a former Prime Minister from a couple of centuries ago. Then a playwright, a pair of dancers and a singer from way back in the last century. Continue reading “DT 29282”

DT 29276

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29276

Hints and tips by Jerry Jerningham

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Ecstatic. Brexit and the furore surrounding it is done. Coventry Rugby Football Club beat Cornish Pirates. […and Spurs beat Man City! BD]

Morose. France v England. Dearie dearie me. Continue reading “DT 29276”

DT 29270

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29270

Hints and tips by Earl Tolloller

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There is no food whatsoever in todays puzzle but we get two goes drinking sensible alcohol and we get to bowl at ninepins while listening to hymns, operas and a poor musical from the eighties. Tim Vine also drops in with an example of one of his gags. Continue reading “DT 29270”

DT 29264

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29264

Hints and tips by Harry Hewitt

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the misty heart of Downtown LI. Where nice things happen every day. Today’s good thing so far is confirmation than Allan Scott is indeed the name of our double punning setter. Continue reading “DT 29264”

DT 29258

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29258

Hints and tips by Jess Oakroyd

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very wet downtown LI. Where nothing has happened to disturb the peace. The river rose up and burst its banks but politely went back down again quite quickly. Your reviewer binged out on the weekend’s rugby matches while Saint Sharon fed 37 members of The Napton Golf Society a three-course dinner. Best keep out of the way I thought. So I did. Continue reading “DT 29258”

DT 29252

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29252

Hints and tips by Inigo Jollifant

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

My three favourite things are eating my family and not using commas.

Plus Rugby Football and the high end music of the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Waits. Continue reading “DT 29252”

DT-29246

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29246

Hints and tips by Heathcliff

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The Quickie and The Cryptic puzzles are both works of pure joy today. Teasingly tortuous but well worth the effort in pushing to completion. A bit like Exeter’s win over Saracens yesterday. I enjoyed the two long intersecting anagrams, both tantalising me with their refusal to reveal themselves versus my refusal to use pen and ink. Well tough tit fishface! I won in the end. Who needs pens? Continue reading “DT-29246”