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DT 28578

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28578

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I solved this one under non-ideal conditions that made it hard to judge difficulty, but my feeling is that it’s more straightforward than last Tuesday’s adventure.  I found it good fun, and if you enjoy charades and double definitions this puzzle should make you smile.… Read More

DT 28572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28572

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  While the Americanisation of October 31 is being suitably recognized over on the Toughie blog, here the date is cause for a more personal celebration, because today marks the one-year anniversary of my first nervous ascent to the blogging chair.  Thanks for letting me experiment on you every Tuesday as I’ve been figuring out how to write hints.  I hope those hints have helped some of you improve your solving skills, and if along the way I’ve also managed to convince a few of you that those repeated answers we see every week are just coincidences, that’s even better 😊.  Befitting the date, today we have a treat that contains a lot of trickiness.  There is some masterful misdirection and disguising of definitions here.  That may not be for everyone, but I enjoy untangling that sort of clue.  I found this crossword significantly more challenging than last Tuesday’s puzzle, which the most recent survey rated at 3.3*, so I have increased the difficulty rating accordingly.… Read More

Solving Experience Survey Results

Results of the Survey on Solving Times, Use of Aids, & Ratings

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Mr Kitty here.  A big thank you to the 352 solvers who filled out my survey on their experience with last Tuesday’s back-page puzzle, DT 28566.  Extra thanks to those who left insightful comments under Question 6.  I’ve read every comment and shared all of them with BD.  I’m including some of them below, along with responses to those that posed questions.… Read More

Survey Results

Results of the Reader Survey

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I was blown away by the response to my survey – I thought we’d be doing well to get 100 surveys back, but after a week almost 1500 had been filled out!  It’s wonderful to see that BD’s site is so important to so many people.… Read More

DT 28566

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28566

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello, everyone.  I found today’s puzzle somewhat tricky so I’m setting the difficulty rating at an average 3*.  Definitely above average for enjoyment though, in part because of some clever misdirection in a few places.  There is a sprinkling of general knowledge, but those answers are all gettable from the wordplay.  And once the grid is filled, I’m happy to learn about a poet or a showjumping genre that I didn’t know before.… Read More

Reader Survey

Please complete a short survey

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Preliminary results have been very impressive, with responses from about 10% of the estimated readership.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey.  BD


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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. … 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