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DT 29644

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29644

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Big Dave’s Rating – Difficulty **  – Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from a rainy Barrel where your amiable blogger has solved in daylight. Unfortunately some clues left me in the dark until more checkers came along to help. Is it checkers or wavelength that see us through to the end? I say checkers. Feel free to differ. Continue reading “DT 29644”

Toughie 2617

Toughie No 2617 by Logman

Hints and tips by Miffypops

Too many dogs

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

Gdanga. Make the most of the sunshine today folks. It might not last.

Today’s Toughie from Logman apparently lives up to its name but has several laughs along the way particularly when Santa’s helper arrived.… Continue reading

DT 29632

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29632

Hints and tips by Miffypops and Saint Sharon

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

Gdanga, gdanga, gdanga from the outskirts of Barrel where today’s bloggers Miffypops and Saint Sharon reside in marital bliss. The sun is shining, Giovanni has set a tough puzzle to tease and beguile us. What’s not to like about a day like today? Continue reading “DT 29632”

Toughie 2609

Toughie 2609 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me.

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

Gdanga fellow solvers. Today’s puzzle from Chalicea is, as usual very user-friendly and a delight to solve. A smile in every corner of this puzzle that only just touches the edge of The Toughie Spectrum. Continue reading “Toughie 2609”

DT 29620

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29620

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  – Enjoyment ***

Gdanga and be grateful for small mercies. Today’s puzzle has only 27 clues to wrestle with. Some grids have as many as 32. I found today’s puzzle typically Thursdayish.… Continue reading

Toughie 2601

Toughie No 2601 by Dada

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

I found this crossword a tad trickier than the usual Toughie Tuesday puzzles so I wasn’t surprised to see that Dada was responsible for setting it. I did find it very enjoyable to solve and also to review although a couple of answers needed extra thinking time to sort out. Continue reading “Toughie 2601”

Toughie 2593

Toughie No 2593 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me 

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment ***

It is always a pleasure to solve a puzzle form Chalicea. Reviewing the puzzle doubles that pleasure. I’ll stop now before I’m accused of using the type of flattery alluded to in 26 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2593”

DT 29596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29596

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

G,Danga. Whatever that means. A fortnight ago our setter hit us with a sledgehammer. He has calmed down since and today wraps us in cotton wool and sings softly to us. After a couple of passes either mysterious wavelengths or checkers should lead you to a filled grid. Maybe a couple of clues will cause some angst. If so the hints below should help
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Toughie 2585

Toughie No 2585 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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

Good morning from Barrel. Today Dada has supplied us with a true Toughie. Definitions and synonyms are stretched to the limit in this tantalising puzzle. I found it a pleasure to tease out the answers one by one relying on wordplay, definitions and if nothing else fits it must be right so bung it in’ to fill the lights. Continue reading “Toughie 2585”