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DT 29379

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29379

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone, hope you are all well.  Can't think of much to say about today's crossword.  The grid fill and the parsing were OK, but I did struggle to make sense of a few of the surface readings.  Continue reading "DT 29379"

DT 29373

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29373

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  I was going to start my intro today with a thought about following the rules, but my brain quickly segued into wondering how many public figures and celebrities come here for help with the Telegraph cryptics.  If any of today's readers fall into that category, we'd all enjoy hearing about your history with crosswords in a comment below.  I found today's crossword to be solid and enjoyable Tuesday fare.  I look forward to reading what you thought of it.  Continue reading "DT 29373"

DT 29367

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29367

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

Hello, everyone.  I thought that today's puzzle was a step up from recent Tuesdays in terms of both difficulty and enjoyment.  Our setter made an appearance in one of today's clues, so perhaps they could also make an appearance in a comment down below?  It would be great to know who we should thank for crafting this fine piece of entertainment.

Very happy that last week I was able to locate and purchase a 50lb bag of bread flour, because for weeks there has been none in the shops.  Looking forward to making more bread.  Any readers out there also amateur bakers?  Yeast or sourdough?  Continue reading "DT 29367"

DT 29361

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29361

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  It used to be that you never knew what Tuesday's puzzle would be like, but not any more it seems.  I wonder if the rotating team of Tuesday setters has been replaced by a single compiler?  Perhaps somebody in the know could let us know?  Continue reading "DT 29361"

DT 29355

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29355

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Seven days since my last blog, so it must be Tuesday.  Today we have a puzzle that I thought came from the more straightforward end of the Tuesday spectrum.  Those seeking a stiffer challenge might find it over on the other side, where Dada has crafted a very enjoyable and original Toughie.  Continue reading "DT 29355"

DT 29349

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29349

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I hope you are all staying safe and well.  Quite a cultured puzzle today, with classical music, painting, and fair bit of history sprinkled across the grid.  But nothing too extreme, I thought.  I can't recall meeting a puzzle with so many proper nouns as answers, but then again my memory's not that great and I haven't solved that many puzzles.    Continue reading "DT 29349"

DT 29343

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29343

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  After the top half of today's puzzle went in smoothly, I started to wonder if this would turn out to be a rare 1* puzzle.  But I encountered a few tricky bits in the bottom that justified a 2* rating.  Overall it was a fun solve to brighten up another Monday evening working from home. Continue reading "DT 29343"

DT 29337

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29337

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another locked-down Tuesday.  I found that filling the grid today took about the time that's become average for Tuesdays, but that parsing everything took a little longer than usual.  There were a few clues where I had to scratch my head and ponder whether the wordplay was quite legal or if the clue was a double definition or something else.  There are two setters I'm aware of that sometimes do that to me, and so I wonder if today's compiler is one of them.  Of course the only way we'll know is if they comment below ...  Continue reading "DT 29337"

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"