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DT 29570

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29570

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Today sees a return to the Tuesday puzzle norm. I thought it was a solid crossword with no obscurities or unusual clueing devices. Definitely a pleasant solve.  Continue reading "DT 29570"

DT 29564

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29564

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and Happy New Year.  When it comes to Tuesday crosswords, 2021 has picked up where 2020 left off. This week's offering was another single pass solve, with well-crafted clues again boosting the enjoyment factor. I do hope that our compiler drops in later.  Continue reading "DT 29564"

DT 29558

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29558

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my last blog of 2020. Happy to see the end of that awful year. I was bang on wavelength today, completing this one in a single pass top to bottom.  First time that's ever happened for me. I was definitely helped by the inclusion of an above average number of Usual Suspects. Smooth surfaces and tight wordplay made for an enjoyable solve. Continue reading "DT 29558"

DT 29553

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29553

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Nothing obscure or devious in today's puzzle, so it's more of what we've come to expect on a Tuesday.  Our compilers have revealed themselves in the comments for the past two Tuesdays, so that's practically a tradition now. I do hope that the creator of this enjoyable solve will continue it. Before we move on to the hinty part of the blog, I must wish all in crosswordland a happy holiday season and a 2021 that's a vast improvement on 2020.  Continue reading "DT 29553"

DT 29547

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29547

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Today evidently brings us another appearance from the mystery compiler who really likes double definitions, last seen here in DT 29493. No, it's not - we learned during the day that today's puzzle was compiled by celebrated young setter Navy, making his first Telegraph appearance after an absence of just over a year. Continue reading "DT 29547"

DT 29541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29541

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome. This puzzle started out like a typical Tuesday romp, but things got a lot more interesting in the bottom half. I enjoyed it muchly. So today I really hope our compiler drops in to take credit for it.  Continue reading "DT 29541"

DT 29535

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29535

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome. It looks like once again Tuesday will offer the most straightforward puzzle of the week. As usual, it's a pleasant solve. Continue reading "DT 29535"

DT 29529

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29529

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. The NW corner of today's puzzle exhibits some interesting symmetry, but it doesn't lead anywhere that I can see.  Perhaps, as is so often the case with patterns observed in crosswordland, it's just a coincidence. Other than that it's a standard Tuesday puzzle.  Nothing wrong with that of course.  Continue reading "DT 29529"

DT 29523

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29523

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I'm solving and hinting on the first day of our new two-week state-wide lockdown. I found nothing complex or esoteric in this solid puzzle. It's typical of what we've been getting on recent Tuesdays.  Continue reading "DT 29523"

DT 29517

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29517

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. It’s been a nerve-racking week of downs and ups - thank heavens for Malbec. Fortunately today's solve involved less drama and less trauma, and a political thread running through it provided opportunities for some topical illustrations. I look forward to reading what everyone thought of it. And of course our setter is most welcome to drop in and take credit for it. Continue reading "DT 29517"