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ST 3179 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3179 (Hints)

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Thursday, the last (partial) day of astronomical summer, we started off the day at a chilly plus 1 degree.

For me, Dada sort of friendly, although it took me a little while to ‘get going’ – six anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one (doubtful) homophone – all in an asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30100

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30100

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

Somewhat of a topsy-turvy week for setters with the CL ‘special’ on Monday, and Jay and Ray T ‘absent’ from the back page as they were in their Toughie alter egos. … Continue reading

ST 3178 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3178 (Hints)

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is just about time to get the pullovers out and hope that the moths haven’t been munching on them, the woollen ones that is, during the summer.… Continue reading

DT 30094

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30094

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

Somewhat surprisingly, since we had a very enjoyable Toughie from Silvanus yesterday, my five bob is on today’s back pager being a repeat performance from the master of smooth.… Continue reading

ST 3177 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3177 (Hints)

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.

For me, Dada not so friendly, perhaps my afternoon nap wasn’t long enough, with a sprinkling where it seemed that a synonym of a synonym was required, also known as Dada’s personal thesaurus – only four anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30088

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30088

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

Good morning from Winnipeg where we also mourn the passing of HM the Queen as the Queen of Canada for her 70 years and 7 months on the throne which actually means as our sixth monarch she served for more than 70 of the 155 years that Canada has been in existence.… Continue reading

ST 3176 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3176 (Hints)

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had a mini-heatwave to end August and begin September at the start of a holiday weekend which is considered to signal the end of Summer mostly because the schools start the ‘new year’ on Tuesday.… Continue reading

DT 30082

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30082

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

A good Friday morning from Winnipeg – Deep Threat has decided to step back from blogging, so I have taken over as the Friday blogger while staying in the Sunday slot.… Continue reading

ST 3175 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3175 (Hints)

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Summer is ‘hanging on’ for as long as possible.

For me, Dada less friendly than he has been recently with five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones (one partial) – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

ST 3174 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3174 (Hints)

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to experience Summer Storms with a funnel cloud here and there but nothing more serious than that (fingers crossed).

For me, Dada being quite friendly with seven anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a very slightly asymmetric 27 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading