Author Archives: Mr Kitty

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

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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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

DT 28512

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28512

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  For me, today's puzzle was about average difficulty for a Tuesday back page and it delivered the expected number of penny drops and smiles.  So on the BD scale of one to five I'm giving it three stars for both difficulty and enjoyment.… Read More

DT 28506

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28506

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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[Jump to across or down hints, quickie pun, or comments]  Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday Telegraph Cryptic.  We’re back in straightforward and solid territory this week.  Nothing too taxing in the solve and a few smiles along the way, although no real laugh out loud moments for this solver.  Surprisingly, we have just three anagrams today, and they're all found among the down clues.  But for me the most striking feature in today's puzzles was the pattern in the Quickie answers.… Read More

DT 28500

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28500

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I thought today's puzzle was just excellent.  I found the bottom somewhat easier than the top, where some serious thinking was required in a few places.  The enjoyment level was way above average, with a few laugh out loud moments.  The puzzle has smooth surface readings, nothing too ancient or too obscure in the answers, and a few echoes scattered about.  Sounds like it could be the work of one of our regular Tuesday setters.… Read More

DT 28494

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28494

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager.  My opinion of this puzzle went up steadily as the grid filled up.  While I found the top half straightforward and not very sparkly, things picked up considerably towards the bottom.  I thought that the setter saved the best for last, by finishing up with a trio of excellent clues down in the southeast.… Read More