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DT 29331

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29331

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another two-star Tuesday.  I found today's offering to be an enjoyable crossword featuring many smooth and amusing surfaces.  I have just noticed that the Monday setter commented on yesterday's blog.  Perhaps today's setter could continue that new tradition?  We'd all appreciate it. Continue reading "DT 29331"

DT 29325

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29325

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Tuesday seems to be going through a spell of rather straightforward puzzles.  Today's offering was an enjoyable solve with no obscurities or convolutions and only a few words needing hyperlinks.  I look forward to reading what the commentariat thought of it.  Continue reading "DT 29325"

DT 29319

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29319

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Perhaps the impending lockdown is dampening my mood, but this straightforward puzzle did not do a lot for me.  Others may have a different view, so I look forward to hearing what everyone else thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29319"

DT 29313

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29313

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

Hello, everyone.  I thought today's puzzle was rather good.  I encountered quite a few smiles during the solve, and I was left wondering who might have crafted it because the style felt fresh.  We always enjoy hearing from setters, so if our mystery compiler is reading please comment below so we know who to thank.  Continue reading "DT 29313"

DT 29307

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29307

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Today's entertaining puzzle felt to me a little below Tuesday's average level of difficulty.  I look forward to hearing what you thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29307"

DT 29301

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29301

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday.  I liked today's puzzle.  It's probably a step up in complexity from recent Tuesdays, with lots of fun wordplay to disentangle.  I look forward to reading what everyone else thought of it, and of course if our setter is reading, please take a bow in the comments below.  Continue reading "DT 29301"

DT 29295

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29295

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Apologies for today’s bare-bones blog, but I need to spend my Monday evening with PowerPoint preparing for an important review in the morning.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized, and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions.  Clicking on the answer buttons will reveal the answers.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.  Continue reading "DT 29295"

DT 29289

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29289

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  We got 500 responses to last week's survey on whether you'd like to see The Telegraph add an easier puzzle aimed at beginners – thank you to everyone who responded or contributed to the discussion on the survey blog.  The result was a very clear 73% in favour and 27% opposed.  I haven't had time yet to collate the hundreds of comments entered in the survey comment box, but rest assured that they will all be passed on to the puzzles editor.  Continue reading "DT 29289"

Survey

Would you like to see the Telegraph add a cryptic aimed at beginners?

Mr K here. We're running a survey this week that allows you to have a say about the crosswords offered by the Daily Telegraph.  In the latest Puzzles Site Newsletter, puzzles editor Chris Lancaster writes:  Recent correspondence indicates that some solvers might appreciate another type of cryptic crossword: one which is easier than the normal Telegraph Crossword, and is aimed squarely at beginners.  Would an additional, simpler, cryptic crossword be something you would like to see?  Chris tells us that if such a puzzle is added it would initially appear on weekends, so he can gauge interest. Note that it would be a new puzzle, not a replacement for any of the current cryptic crosswords. Continue reading "Survey"

DT 29283

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29283

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Nice solid Tuesday puzzle today.  Since this intro is going to be long, I'll move straight to the important bits.  Continue reading "DT 29283"