Author Archives: Mr Kitty

DT 28506

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28506

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to across or down hints, quickie pun, or comments]  Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday Telegraph Cryptic.  We’re back in straightforward and solid territory this week.  Nothing too taxing in the solve and a few smiles along the way, although no real laugh out loud moments for this solver.  Surprisingly, we have just three anagrams today, and they're all found among the down clues.  But for me the most striking feature in today's puzzles was the pattern in the Quickie answers.… Read More

DT 28500

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28500

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I thought today's puzzle was just excellent.  I found the bottom somewhat easier than the top, where some serious thinking was required in a few places.  The enjoyment level was way above average, with a few laugh out loud moments.  The puzzle has smooth surface readings, nothing too ancient or too obscure in the answers, and a few echoes scattered about.  Sounds like it could be the work of one of our regular Tuesday setters.… Read More

DT 28494

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28494

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  My opinion of this puzzle went up steadily as the grid filled up.  While I found the top half straightforward and not very sparkly, things picked up considerably towards the bottom.  I thought that the setter saved the best for last, by finishing up with a trio of excellent clues down in the southeast.… Read More

DT 28488

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28488

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  Today’s puzzle has no real obscurities (at least for those old enough to know Gone with the Wind) and no tricky clue constructions.  Curiously, during the solve it felt a tad more difficult than usual, but after writing the hints I’m finding it hard to see why.  Must be that wavelength thing.  It was still a very enjoyable solve and that, after all, is what really matters.… Read More

DT 28482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28482

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and welcome.  Thanks to BD for standing in last week when travel took me out of internet range for several days.  I’ve now had a chance to solve last Tuesday’s puzzle and, like many of you, I wondered what it was doing in that slot.  I would have given it at least four stars for difficulty.  On the other hand, there were several great clues so I’d be happy to see another puzzle from that setter if it came with a sprinkling of easier entries.  Today, I’d say that we’re back to normal Tuesday levels of difficulty.  I found this puzzle a curious mix of clues so simple that I wondered if I was missing something and of complex clues so original and so enjoyable that they generated very big smiles.  I did wonder if the setter has been paying attention to recent discussions of solver demographics because pensioners and senior citizens both make appearances in the clues, and we also have a song that became popular decades before I was born.  Or perhaps, like many seemingly unlikely crossword coincidences, it really is all just a coincidence.… Read More

DT 28470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28470

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  Welcome to another Tuesday blog, and to those across the Pond, Happy Independence Day.  Yesterday Rufus offered us a semi-all-in-one clue.  Today’s setter has gone four better than that by including two complete all-in-ones.  There is nothing too antiquated or particularly obscure (ignore the misdirection in 5a - you won’t be needing a list of T S Eliot’s plays today) and the difficulty is about average for recent Tuesdays.  I enjoyed it a lot.… Read More

DT 28464

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28464

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Perhaps I’m still a bit down after last week’s discovery that there is apparently nobody aged under 35 solving the back-page crossword, but I didn’t find a lot of sparkle in today’s puzzle.  There are several stretched definitions, more repetition than normal, and the US President makes yet another appearance in a clue.  On the other hand, there’s nothing too difficult here and it’s a puzzle that I would have appreciated back when I was starting to learn about cryptics.  I’m interested to hear how others found it.… Read More

Toughie 1835

Toughie No 1835 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by KitKat

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

 

A big hello to you all from South Kensington.  While Dutch takes time away from hinterland to spend time instead in Dutchland, KitKat have stepped in to produce our first joint blog created in the same place. … Read More

DT 28458

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28458

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  I enjoyed this puzzle.  Initially it made me worried because no answers leapt out at me in the first few rows, but that concern was soon relieved by the healthy dose of anagrams encountered in the middle sector, and then it was banished by meeting several usual suspects in the nether regions. … Read More

DT 28452

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28452

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  Today we have another solid Tuesday puzzle.  Nothing too exotic in the clueing and, while there weren’t any laugh out loud moments during the solve, there were a few smiles generated along the way.  I’m interested to hear what others made of it.… Read More