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DT 29505

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29505

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Had to break out the snow shovel before settling down to solve this so I could get my Subaru off the street and into the driveway to make life easier for the county's snowplows.  It’s got very cold here very fast - glad I got this week's 14 mile long run in yesterday before the temperature plunged and the snow descended.  Turning to the crossword, it's pretty much what we've come to expect on a Tuesday.  I think that about says it all. Continue reading "DT 29505"

DT 29499

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29499

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Except for the bits that weren't, I found today's puzzle straightforward.  My opinion of it went up as I wrote the hints and came to appreciate the nice surface readings of most of the clues.  No hidden answer clues this week, which is unusual. Continue reading "DT 29499"

DT 29493

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29493

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Welcome to a solid Tuesday puzzle that took less time than usual to solve and to hint.  Fans of double definitions might be happy today.  Continue reading "DT 29493"

DT 29487

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29487

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Filling the grid fill on today's puzzle was straightforward, but parsing everything to my satisfaction extended my solving time enough to warrant 3* for difficulty.  I liked it, but I wonder if this will turn out to be one of those puzzles that divides opinion.  Continue reading "DT 29487"

DT 29481

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29481

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  Today has brought us another excellent Tuesday puzzle.  Quite a few insertions on offer, but there's nothing wrong with that.  I have my suspicions about the identity of the compiler.  Since they've been known to comment, we might see later if my hunch is correct.  Continue reading "DT 29481"

DT 29475

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29475

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

Hello everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  In my blog for DT 29457 a few weeks ago I said that it was the best crossword that I'd solved for months.  The Clue of the Week section in the following edition of the Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter revealed that the compiler of that fine puzzle was our regular Sunday setter John Halpern.  In my view, today's puzzle delivers similar levels of enjoyment.  There are a few echoes of DT 29457 in it, but I'm not sure enough that it's Dada to stick my neck out and assign it to him.  Perhaps our compiler or our editor could enlighten us?  Reader speculation is of course welcome. Continue reading "DT 29475"

DT 29469

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29469

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Last week's weather forecast did not disappoint, for we did indeed see snow over Tuesday night.  But that's now long gone and temperatures are back above 25 C during the day.  Recently I've shared a few photos of wildlife passing through my back yard (I'm saving the black bear for a suitable opportunity).  Continuing  in that vein, yesterday I was surprised to see this turkey vulture sitting in a tree across the road from my front yard.  He (or she) was soon joined by two others, but whatever they were hoping for didn't happen and they all left empty-handed.  Which was something of a relief. Continue reading "DT 29469"

DT 29463

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29463

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I can't think of much to say about this solid Tuesday puzzle, so let's talk about the weather.  We're in for a bumpy ride over here.  Today's high was 34 C, but during Tuesday night the temperature is supposed to drop to 3 C, with a chance of snow above 3500 m.  Wednesday will be warm again.  Fun times. Continue reading "DT 29463"

DT 29457

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29457

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  I thought today's offering was the best crossword I've solved for several months.  Highly recommended.  Setter, please take a bow in the comments. Continue reading "DT 29457"

DT 29451

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29451

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to a typical Tuesday puzzle.  I found it to be an enjoyable solve with nothing too convoluted or specialised.  Continue reading "DT 29451"