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DT 29501

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29501

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from sunny Barrel with sunshine all day according to Saint Sharon. I hope so because several days of rain are forecast from tomorrow. Continue reading “DT 29501”

Toughie 2522

Toughie No 2522

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very sunny Barrel. Today’s Puzzle by Gila is a perfect Tuesday Toughie. Plenty of starter clues to give a foothold and checkers to work with and then the pesky few at the end sitting there poking fun at you until something clicks and the penny drops. Continue reading “Toughie 2522”

DT 29489

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29489

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

I enjoyed solving this puzzle despite spelling 2 down incorrectly, placing an ant in the wrong place elsewhere and conning instead of retreating to my lair. On newspaper this would have been a disastrous mess. On my iPad once sorted it a looked neat as ever. An excellent little Thursday puzzle. A little more difficult than the start to the week but doable with a little extra effort. Continue reading “DT 29489”

Toughie 2514

Toughie No 2514 by Chalicea

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A lovely offering from Chalicea today with a number of delicious clues, Solved and blogged quickly as I have a busy day ahead. A very suitable Tuesday Toughie. Continue reading “Toughie 2514”

DT 29477

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29477

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Good morning from Barrel where Saint Sharon and I now spend our days in glorious retirement building sheds, landscaping the garden, erecting fencing, laying paths and seeding one half of a lawn and turfing the other half (Green side up Sharon, green side up) Eight face panels to go, one last stretch of paving, the shed roof to felt and that he said is that. Possibly. At least I get a couple of beers in the late afternoon as a reward, usually at The Barn in Willey. Continue reading “DT 29477”

Toughie 2510

Toughie No 2510 by Silvanus

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

What a pleasure it has been to solve and review this wonderful crossword. The puzzle is full of ingenuity and offers none of the staleness and tiredness sometimes seen in crosswordland. At the time of solving and reviewing I have Silvanus in mind or possibly Chalicea. Only time and Kath will tell. (CrypticSue told and it is Silvanus) Great fun all round. 27 across and 20 down went in easily but both took some time for me to work out the parsing. See if you can manage them without the hints. Continue reading “Toughie 2510”

Toughie 2506

Toughie No 2506 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Olivia De Havilland

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Saint Sharon’s sanatorium here in Barrel where I am suffering the cold both of my grandsons had when we met up for a day out on The Oxford Canal on Sunday. Our first day out together since Lockdown. Continue reading “Toughie 2506”

DT 29465

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29465

Hints and tips by Olivia De Havilland

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

My parents said if we all took our problems to the common and told them to the crowd we would all be quite happy to take our own problems home. Continue reading “DT 29465”

Toughie 2502

Toughie No 2502 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bill Brewer

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this a very straightforward solve today. Possibly helped by using an iPad which makes everything about filling in a grid so much easier and neater. Hopefully the inclusion of The Toughie in the newspaper app will lead to more people attempting the Toughie puzzles. If you are new to Toughie solving please let us know how you are getting on with them. Continue reading “Toughie 2502”

Toughie 2498

Toughie No 2498 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Bill Brewer

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Chalicea kicks off the Toughie week with a Floughie Toughie that should wet the whistles of those making early ventures into Toughieland. A couple of passes should give enough checking letters to suggest obvious answers for reverse parsing. A full grid is what you are after. How you achieve this is up to you. Continue reading “Toughie 2498”