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NTSPP 659

A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm

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DT 30099

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30099

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome. We have a solid Thursday puzzle today. No idea who might have set it. Does anyone out there want to hazard a guess?  Continue reading "DT 30099"

DT 30093

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30093

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome. StephenL is taking over the Tuesday Toughie slot full-time, which means that I’m going to be Thursday hinty person for a while. Today we have a most enjoyable RayT puzzle that I felt came from the less less-difficult end of the spectrum. I’m impressed that every clue in this smooth and varied puzzle contains no more than six words.  Continue reading "DT 30093"

DT 30087

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30087

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. They say that a change is as good as a rest.  Being in need of a rest, I thought I’d check out what hinting on Thursday has to offer. Quite a lot, as it turns out: Today we have a wonderfully entertaining crossword containing not one, but two cat clues. And I learned two new words. Continue reading "DT 30087"

DT 30085

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30085

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found myself bouncing all over the grid adding answers during my solve of this puzzle, so it took quite a few passes through the grid to get everything done and dusted. Weird how that happens sometimes. And afterwards it’s hard to see why.  Continue reading "DT 30085"

DT 30073

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30073

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I’d like to say that I solved this engaging and enjoyable puzzle completely unaided. I really would. But I can’t, because I had to turn to reference materials to make sense of some of the final down clues. On the flip side, I have learned several exotic new words. But even more puzzling than some of those answers is how the setter managed to get a crossword containing twelve complete or partial anagrams past the editor. Unless the setter is our editor? Perhaps we will find out later.  Continue reading "DT 30073"

DT 30061

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30061

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the day after International Cat Day. Perhaps some of you took advantage of Google’s enhancement on Monday of all feline-related searches.  The YouTube video here provides an illustration of what Google did. Moving on to today’s crossword, if we believe the assertion that setter Anthony Plumb always uses the same grid for his puzzles here, then it looks likely that he created today’s fine puzzle. The precise grammar, smooth surfaces, and misdirection in his clues makes these puzzles a joy to hint.  Continue reading "DT 30061"