Author Archives: Mr K

DT 28602

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28602

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and Happy International Ninja Day (I did not see that coming).  Welcome to another solid Tuesday back-page crossword, where a feast of anagrams will please those who enjoy them and annoy those who don’t.  Different strokes, as they say.… Read More

DT 28596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28596

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I appreciated how this puzzle offered some straightforward clues to provide a foothold from which to tackle other clues featuring more complex constructions hiding behind smooth surface readings.  The solve was most definitely good fun.… Read More

DT 28590

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28590

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I’m feeling somewhat rusty because in the last couple of weeks I’ve had almost no time for crosswords.  I was therefore relieved to find today’s puzzle less taxing than some recent Tuesday offerings.… Read More

DT 28584

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28584

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle easier going that the crosswords that we’ve faced on recent Tuesdays.  It was a most pleasant solve, due in part to several clues that had very smooth surface readings.… Read More

DT 28578

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28578

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty *** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I solved this one under non-ideal conditions that made it hard to judge difficulty, but my feeling is that it’s more straightforward than last Tuesday’s adventure.  I found it good fun, and if you enjoy charades and double definitions this puzzle should make you smile.… Read More

DT 28572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28572

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty **** –  Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  While the Americanisation of October 31 is being suitably recognized over on the Toughie blog, here the date is cause for a more personal celebration, because today marks the one-year anniversary of my first nervous ascent to the blogging chair.  Thanks for letting me experiment on you every Tuesday as I’ve been figuring out how to write hints.  I hope those hints have helped some of you improve your solving skills, and if along the way I’ve also managed to convince a few of you that those repeated answers we see every week are just coincidences, that’s even better 😊.  Befitting the date, today we have a treat that contains a lot of trickiness.  There is some masterful misdirection and disguising of definitions here.  That may not be for everyone, but I enjoy untangling that sort of clue.  I found this crossword significantly more challenging than last Tuesday’s puzzle, which the most recent survey rated at 3.3*, so I have increased the difficulty rating accordingly.… Read More

Solving Experience Survey Results

Results of the Survey on Solving Times, Use of Aids, & Ratings

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Mr Kitty here.  A big thank you to the 352 solvers who filled out my survey on their experience with last Tuesday’s back-page puzzle, DT 28566.  Extra thanks to those who left insightful comments under Question 6.  I’ve read every comment and shared all of them with BD.  I’m including some of them below, along with responses to those that posed questions.… Read More

Survey Results

Results of the Reader Survey

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I was blown away by the response to my survey – I thought we’d be doing well to get 100 surveys back, but after a week almost 1500 had been filled out!  It’s wonderful to see that BD’s site is so important to so many people.… Read More

DT 28566

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28566

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty *** –  Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle somewhat tricky so I’m setting the difficulty rating at an average 3*.  Definitely above average for enjoyment though, in part because of some clever misdirection in a few places.  There is a sprinkling of general knowledge, but those answers are all gettable from the wordplay.  And once the grid is filled, I’m happy to learn about a poet or a showjumping genre that I didn’t know before.… Read More

Reader Survey

Please complete a short survey

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Preliminary results have been very impressive, with responses from about 10% of the estimated readership.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey.  BD


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