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DT 30538

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30538

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I felt miles off the setter’s wavelength today, with no flow at all as I worked on completing the X-less grid. But in hindsight there is nothing here that’s obscure or even unusually complex, so perhaps I’m just out of practice. I look forward to reading what others thought.  Continue reading "DT 30538"

DT 30532

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30532

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. I’m in New Zealand this week, so I’m experiencing the disorienting sensation of writing the hints for Friday’s puzzle on a Friday evening. The puzzle felt a little more straightforward than recent Friday offerings, making for a steady and very enjoyable solve. The grid uses every letter except Z. I have no idea if that has any significance. Continue reading "DT 30532"

DT 30526

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30526

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. I found today’s offering to be a challenging solve. I suspect that there might be quite a few clues where my detailed explanations will be helpful.  No time to search for pics today, I’m afraid. Continue reading "DT 30526"

DT 30520

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30520

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday.  I thought that today’s puzzle was right around average for Friday in terms of difficulty and enjoyment. Continue reading "DT 30520"

DT 30514

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30514

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Its Friday, so we expect a puzzle that’s more challenging that those offered in the past few days, and that’s what we’ve been given. I was not on the right wavelength today, so it took longer than normal to get everything slotted into the grid and then parsed.  Continue reading "DT 30514"

DT 30508

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30508

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to a Friday puzzle that I found more straightforward than recent offerings in this slot.      .  Continue reading "DT 30508"

DT 30502

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30502

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first Friday of 2024. Today’s enjoyable puzzle uses all letters except X in the grid fill, which suggests that it’s the work of regular Friday setter proXimal. Good fun, and I found the difficulty level about right for a Friday.  Continue reading "DT 30502"