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DT 28560

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28560

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another fine Tuesday back-page cryptic.  I thought I detected a lot of originality and creativity in this puzzle, and a scan of my database confirmed that several of the answers and many of the constructions have not been seen here previously.  That made for an entertaining solve.  I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did.… Read More

DT 28554

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28554

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  A fair bit of concatenating and contorting is required in today's puzzle, including a few clues where both are combined in some intricate wordplay.  That's all fine with me.  I very much enjoyed unscrambling it all while smiling at several clues and LOLing at one.  All in all, it's a fine puzzle for a Tuesday.… Read More

DT 28548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28548

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  I enjoyed solving this puzzle rather a lot.  There's nothing especially complex or exotic in the wordplay, but some clever misdirection and obfuscation led to a succession of smile-inducing penny drops.  I recommend it.… Read More

DT 28542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28542

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone, and welcome to a back-pager that might be described as Tuesdayish, since it has everything one might want on a Tuesday. … Read More

DT 28536

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28536

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  I can’t think of much to say about this puzzle beyond labelling it solid.  It offers a variety of clue types and difficulty-wise it’s about right for a Tuesday, but I didn’t find a huge amount of sparkle.… Read More

DT 28530

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28530

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  Well wishes to our blog friends located in the path of Hurricane Irma – I hope that you have all come through it unscathed.  After the opening gifts of 1a and 6a today I didn’t get too far on the first pass through the acrosses, but things started to come together nicely on the downs.  I found this crossword a satisfying and very enjoyable solve with quite a few smiles.… Read More

DT 28524

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28524

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  I found today's offering a little easier than average, while still offering as much pleasure as most recent Tuesday puzzles.  Two things stood out – almost all of the clues have very smooth surface readings, and it felt like there were a lot of two-ingredient charades.… Read More

Toughie 1874

Toughie No 1874 by Beam

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Bufo is off for a couple of weeks, so you’re getting me today and Tilsit next Thursday.  I don’t think I could have wished for a better puzzle for my debut Toughie blog than this delight. … Read More

DT 28518

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28518

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

[Jump to Across or Down Hints, Quickie Pun, or CommentsHello, everyone.  Today's setter has created a pangram in just 28 clues.  I think that the puzzle is mostly straightforward, although there is a sprinkling of general knowledge that may cause some grumbles.  My opinion of the puzzle rose steadily as I wrote the hints and came to appreciate how the setter had constructed satisfying and entertaining clues from simple ingredients.  While enjoyment was at least average, I've lowered the difficulty rating a bit because it was a fast solve for me.  (By the way, I strongly recommend the toughie to anyone looking for a ***/**** back page level challenge today.  It's both accessible and filled with smiles.)

In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the buttons.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it (or possibly do something else.)  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.… Read More