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DT 29549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29549

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There is not a cloud in the sky today here in the independent Bubble of Barrel. Will we ever see another human being again? Do we care? Answers on a postcard please. Continue reading “DT 29549”

Toughie 2554

Toughie No 2554 by Chalicea

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A full house of thirty-two clues written by Chalicea greeted me when I made it to the Toughie page this morning. That’s enough to spark a smile for me. The smiles continued throughout the solve nothing onerous today. Just a lot of gentle fun. Continue reading “Toughie 2554”

DT 29537

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29537

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Good morning from the drizzly independent state of Barrel where nothing of interest has happened for quite some time. Then this little gem cropped up: Continue reading “DT 29537”

Toughie 2546

Toughie No 2546 by Gila

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Good morning from Bonny Barrel where next year’s daffodil count will be far higher than this year. Continue reading “Toughie 2546”

DT 29525

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29525

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This is a lesson everyone who studies language eventually learns. You cannot stop language change. You may not like it; you may regret the arrival of new forms and the passing of old ones but there is not the slightest thing you can do about it. Language change is as natural as breathing. It is one of the linguistic facts of life.” – David Crystal Continue reading “DT 29525”

Toughie 2538

Toughie No 2538 by Donnybrook

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A suitable Tuesday Toughie to start the solving week. The toughness comes from the subtlety of the clueing not the obscurity or rarity value of the words used. What more can be said. Continue reading “Toughie 2538”

DT 29513

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29513

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Good morning from locked down Barrel where a few wispy clouds glow pink from the sunrise in an otherwise clear sky. Continue reading “DT 29513”

Toughie 2530

Toughie No 2530

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Good morning from an overcast Barrel. It’s a short-change Toughie day today with only twenty six answers to find. However, eighteen of these answers have unchecked first letters which always increases the difficulty factor. Some less well-known words and a few stretched synonyms bring this puzzle into Tuesday Toughie territory. There is a lot of fun to be had along the way and a rather nice Spooner clue which gave the setters name away. (The Daily Telegraph Subscription App version doesn’t give the setters name) Silvanus appears to have got stuck in reverse whilst compiling this puzzle. l enjoyed it and I hope you do too. Continue reading “Toughie 2530”

DT 29501

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29501

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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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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”