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DT 28482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28482

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and welcome.  Thanks to BD for standing in last week when travel took me out of internet range for several days.  I’ve now had a chance to solve last Tuesday’s puzzle and, like many of you, I wondered what it was doing in that slot.  I would have given it at least four stars for difficulty.  On the other hand, there were several great clues so I’d be happy to see another puzzle from that setter if it came with a sprinkling of easier entries.  Today, I’d say that we’re back to normal Tuesday levels of difficulty.  I found this puzzle a curious mix of clues so simple that I wondered if I was missing something and of complex clues so original and so enjoyable that they generated very big smiles.  I did wonder if the setter has been paying attention to recent discussions of solver demographics because pensioners and senior citizens both make appearances in the clues, and we also have a song that became popular decades before I was born.  Or perhaps, like many seemingly unlikely crossword coincidences, it really is all just a coincidence.… Read More

DT 28470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28470

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  Welcome to another Tuesday blog, and to those across the Pond, Happy Independence Day.  Yesterday Rufus offered us a semi-all-in-one clue.  Today’s setter has gone four better than that by including two complete all-in-ones.  There is nothing too antiquated or particularly obscure (ignore the misdirection in 5a - you won’t be needing a list of T S Eliot’s plays today) and the difficulty is about average for recent Tuesdays.  I enjoyed it a lot.… Read More

DT 28464

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28464

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  Perhaps I’m still a bit down after last week’s discovery that there is apparently nobody aged under 35 solving the back-page crossword, but I didn’t find a lot of sparkle in today’s puzzle.  There are several stretched definitions, more repetition than normal, and the US President makes yet another appearance in a clue.  On the other hand, there’s nothing too difficult here and it’s a puzzle that I would have appreciated back when I was starting to learn about cryptics.  I’m interested to hear how others found it.… Read More

Toughie 1835

Toughie No 1835 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by KitKat

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

 

A big hello to you all from South Kensington.  While Dutch takes time away from hinterland to spend time instead in Dutchland, KitKat have stepped in to produce our first joint blog created in the same place. … Read More

DT 28458

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28458

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  I enjoyed this puzzle.  Initially it made me worried because no answers leapt out at me in the first few rows, but that concern was soon relieved by the healthy dose of anagrams encountered in the middle sector, and then it was banished by meeting several usual suspects in the nether regions. … Read More

DT 28452

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28452

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  Today we have another solid Tuesday puzzle.  Nothing too exotic in the clueing and, while there weren’t any laugh out loud moments during the solve, there were a few smiles generated along the way.  I’m interested to hear what others made of it.… Read More

DT 28446

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28446

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday blog.  Today we have a puzzle packed full of clues with smooth surface readings and free of anything that required a visit to the interwebs for clarification.  I found it a steady solve producing plenty of smiles.  I have my suspicions about the setter’s identity, and I have illustrated accordingly, but I’m keeping my guess to myself because in hindsight I think I might have misattributed the pangram we saw a fortnight ago.  But please feel free to speculate, and perhaps we’ll be rewarded with a visit from the setter if you’re right (or even if you’re wrong).… Read More

DT 28440

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28440

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  For me, learning new words is one of the pleasures of solving cryptics.  Over the weekend I learned a new word, but in a different way, namely through meeting this impressive creature while hiking [Click for a bigger version]:

She’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  Curiously, many of them had arranged themselves in clusters on an area of moist sand, like this:

After a little research I learned that this butterfly behaviour has a name – it’s called mud-puddling, an amusing word that I had never heard before.  Sadly, it’s not in Chambers, so I expect that we won’t be seeing it on the back page anytime soon.… Read More

DT 28434

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28434

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I solved today’s crossword right after it came out (midnight in the UK, 5 pm here), and then checked the news and saw what was happening in Manchester.  I feel for everyone affected by that terrible event.  Not surprisingly, today’s hints were written in a sombre mood.  No cat videos this week.… Read More

DT 28428

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28428

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back page blog.  My first pass through the acrosses this morning yielded only a couple of answers and a growing feeling of panic.  Fortunately the downs were more friendly, and they provided a foundation on which to fill the grid from the bottom up.  I did find a few clues quite tricky to parse, which bumped up both my difficulty and enjoyment ratings.  The smooth surfaces, avoidance of obscure general knowledge, and use of a few complex clue constructions have me thinking that today’s setter might be Mister Ron?… Read More