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DT 29439

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29439

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Some smooth surfaces and nice misdirection in this uncomplicated but entertaining puzzle.  I look forward to reading what the commentariat thought of it.  I have no idea who our compiler might be, but it would be great if he or she took a bow in the comments below.  Continue reading "DT 29439"

DT 29433

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29433

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Bit of a general knowledge fest today.  Most of the answers were obvious from wordplay and checkers, but after the grid was filled I had to verify a few in the BRB.  Not really my idea of fun, but my opinion of this puzzle did go up as I wrote the hints.  There are some excellent clues here.  Continue reading "DT 29433"

DT 29427

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29427

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

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle to be an enjoyable and rewarding solve, with one or two parses requiring some head scratching.  For me, the top half mostly went in smoothly, but things got more tricky when it came to fitting everything in the bottom.  If our setter is reading, perhaps they could take a bow in the comments below (I have my suspicions – a regular who likes to sprinkle their puzzles with GK and include a couple of smooth long anagrams). Continue reading "DT 29427"

DT 29421

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29421

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Another Tuesday brings another Tuesday puzzle.  Not much more to be said really, so let's get on with the hinty part of the blog.  Continue reading "DT 29421"

DT 29415

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29415

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Perhaps it's the heat or the lockdown affecting my mood, but this puzzle did not do a lot for me.  While it had some good clues, several felt a bit weak, IMHO.  Please let me know if it's just me thinking that.  Continue reading "DT 29415"

DT 29403

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29403

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  It's Tuesday again and unsurprisingly we have a pretty standard Tuesday puzzle.  No idea who might have set this one.  Any suggestions? Continue reading "DT 29403"

DT 29397

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29397

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Unusual puzzle today with the double definitions outnumbering the anagrams.  Still, they say that a change is as good as a rest (or is it a holiday?), so I'm not complaining.  Continue reading "DT 29397"

DT 29391

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29391

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today sees a return to the usual 2*/3* solid Tuesday puzzle.  Nothing too taxing and a few smiles along the way.  Continue reading "DT 29391"

DT 29385

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29385

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  Today's offering felt like a step up from last week.  It's not straightforward by Tuesday standards, but it's definitely worth persevering with.  Highlights include some clever and topical anagrams and several nifty cryptic definitions.  And there's music.  I'm wondering if it's the work of Telegraph Puzzles Editor Chris Lancaster.  What does everyone else think?  Continue reading "DT 29385"