Author Archives: Rishi

DT 26200

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26200

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

[This will be the last review from Rishi for a while as he is taking a break due to family and business commitments.  I would like to thank him for the enlightenment he has brought to crossword solving over the last few months, and hope that he will be able to return later in the year. … Read More

DT 26194

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26194

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This week I was held by a couple of the long answers for a few more moments than usual. Take 8d for instance. Though these blocks are used in the building industry in India, they are not known by that term.… Read More

DT 26188

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26188

Hints and tips by Rishi

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Today I finished the bottom right quadrant first and then the other three in an anticlockwise direction from there.You can guess how it happened. The eye landed on the last Ac.… Read More

DT 26182

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26182

Hints and tips by Rishi

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In this neat and gentle crossword by our Monday Maestro I first secured bottom left corner and then bottom right.  The very last to go in were 9a, 10a, 3d and 7d. … Read More

DT 26176

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26176

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This crossword was certainly not on the ‘easy’ side. Let me unabashedly confess that I had a slow start and at one stage I had the following clues yet to go: 1a, 11a, 14a, 25a, 29a and 31a and 2d, 3d, 7d, 21d, 22d and 27d.… Read More

DT 26170

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26170

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A gentle, pleasant start to the week.

As usual each answer is hidden within curly brackets. Please highlight the white space for it to show up.

Leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

DT 26164

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26164

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

None-too-difficult crossword.

Of the clues that may hold you for a while are 9a, 18a and 21a and 3d, 4d and 23d.  Did I say ‘hold you for a while’? … Read More

NTSPP – 001 Review

NTSPP – 001 Review

An Independent Puzzle by Anax

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I didn’t have much difficulty nor did I take much time with this puzzle. For me this was a ‘toughie’ in the sense that in some four or five instances the annotation didn’t come immediately upon getting the answer from all or part of wordplay.… Read More

DT 26158

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26158

Hints and tips by Rishi

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A none-too-difficult puzzle except for a couple of clues such as 31a and 16d that require a literary background and 2d and 4d that are from ancient history.… Read More

DT 26152

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26152

Hints and tips by Rishi

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

I am giving three-and-a-half stars for difficulty rating to this crossword by our Monday maestro as wordplay in many clues is decidedly not-so-easy.

The answers are hidden within the curly brackets.… Read More