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DT 27433

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27433

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Well done England! I plodded through this crossword at 5.30am accompanied by a marvellous dawn chorus. As usual a pleasant start to the week. I am going to The Cheltenham Festival tomorrow full of good intent which will last up until breakfast at 10.00am when the inevitable cry of “Twelve pints of bitter and three bottles of Champagne please” will be uttered. I fear the worst.

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DT 27427

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27427

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Rufus has his benign hat on today. He took us to watch the world’s most boring sport but kindly allowed us to bring along a great novel and some fine poetry. He did let himself down by not providing any food but redeemed himself by bringing beer. I have a pig.

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DT 27421

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27421

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I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle which I found complicatedly simple.  20 down is a superb clue.  Thanks to Rufus for giving so many opportunities to insert relevant photos.  Apologies to all for the indulgence.

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DT 27415

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27415

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It is gentle Rufus today. A well put together puzzle from the master of the double definition. I have put a little surprise for you all at 26 across. Have fun.

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DT 27409

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27409

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A little piece of cheese and a dance with Saint Sharon always goes down well whilst completing the crossword. Thank you Rufus for providing those along with a steady reliable solve. I wish we had a need for a 21d but I fear it is brollies all the way this week.

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DT 27403

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27403

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How jolly nice of Rufus to take us to two countries, where we could take part in an extreme sport and watch a musical which would make us tearful. He also threw in some food close to the halfway point. All of which made for a pleasant solve

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DT 27391

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27391

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American customer: ” A gin and tonic please. Ice but no lime. I don’t like lime”.
Sophie keen to please. ” I’m sorry we don’t have any lime, would you like it without lemon”

Rufus has a touch of citrus about him today. I found this one most awkward.

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DT 27385

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27385

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Miffypops enjoyed a long lazy day out on Saturday with the best lunch of the year so far at The Three Tuns in Henley-On-Thames whose valiant Rugby team lost to Coventry by 10 points to 18.  Some Brakspear’s Bitter was consumed. Just a small hint today. 25ac does not begin with the letter O.

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DT 27379

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27379

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The sun is out and the river is down so we have avoided flooding yet again. Here is a very nice puzzle from Rufus at his most benign with a couple of stings as we go along. Thanks to all for your kind remarks about my review last week of 27,373. Very encouraging.

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DT 27373

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27373

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[Today Miffypops has put his head above the parapet and tried his hand at reviewing. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. BD]

Good morning from Downtown LI where the weather is becoming increasingly threatening. Here is a very enjoyable puzzle from Rufus which I found a little trickier than usual.

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