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DT 29881

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29881

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday. Today’s fun puzzle has a few twists and turns that I would say are characteristics of one of our regular compilers. What do you think? Perhaps we’ll find out later today.  Continue reading "DT 29881"

DT 29875

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29875

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Tuesday of 2022. Today's puzzle is definitely Tuesdayish, which about says it all.  Continue reading "DT 29875"

DT 29869

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29869

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the final Tuesday puzzle of 2021. It's a good one. It's got amusing cryptic definitions, a couple of clues where sorting out the vocabulary might require a visit to the dictionary, and some wordplay that needed a scratch of the head to hint. That sounds like X-Type to me. Thanks to him and the other setters who have brightened our Tuesdays throughout the year. And Happy New Year to all members of the BD community and everyone involved in creating our daily crosswording entertainment. Continue reading "DT 29869"

DT 29852

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29852

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. Today we have a nicely constructed puzzle with no obscure vocabulary or general knowledge required in the solve. I enjoyed it. Continue reading "DT 29852"

DT 29846

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29846

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. We have today a serving of the usual Tuesday fare that gets us warmed up for the tougher challenges expected later in the week.  I thought it had many good clues and one truly excellent one. I shall be interested to see whether others share my opinion.  Continue reading "DT 29846"

DT 29840

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29840

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I learned a new definition in today's enjoyable puzzle. That plus a few amusing cryptic definitions suggests to me that it's the work of one of our regular Tuesday setters. Perhaps we'll get confirmation later today.  Continue reading "DT 29840"

DT 29834

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29834

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I thought that today's puzzle was just delightful. There are smooth and amusing surfaces coupled with varied and tight wordplay throughout. I hope we get more like this soon. Setter, please take a bow. Continue reading "DT 29834"

DT 29828

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29828

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and greetings at the end of a sunny day in DC. I’m feeling less fuzzy-headed than I was last Tuesday after the Moderna booster shot had addled my brain, so I hope there will be fewer parsing issues (although it was great to see everyone contributing last week. Perhaps in future I should leave a clue or two for the commentariat to hint?). Today’s puzzle felt like it came from the more straightforward end of the Tuesday spectrum. I found it an enjoyable solve with a few topical references and a big smile right at the end. Continue reading "DT 29828"