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DT 30096

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30096

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a rather sad day. The UK may be at a standstill but the crossword must go on and this one is a pretty good tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and I think 7d and 9d might count as a Nina. Maybe I’m having an off day but it seemed a tad trickier than normal so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.
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DT 30086

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30086

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¡Hola a todos!  Bet you weren’t expecting me again so soon!  The 2Kiwis are otherwise engaged today so I’m afraid you’ll just have to put up with me again as stand-in.  Sorry and all that but I’m pretty sure the Kiwis will be back next week.

A pretty good puzzle today from the Wednesday Wizard.  A tad tricky in places but overall not a brain bender.  Not many anagrams so I’m afraid you’ll have to do it the hard way.
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DT 30084

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30084

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Hola from a cooler Vega Baja.  The temperature is still topping 30°C every afternoon but it’s cooling down in the early hours.  When I got up this morning it was only 24°C!… Continue reading

DT 30080

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30080

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Hola from a rather cloudy Los Alcàzares where I’m standing in for the Kiwis.  Earlier this week Colin experienced some chest pains so went to the local medical centre where a minor heart attack was diagnosed. He has been transferred to a hospital in Wellington for further tests.  I’m sure you will all join me in wishing them well and sending hopes for a speedy recovery.

As to the crossword it’s a bit of a homecoming for me.  Those of you who have been around the blog for long enough may remember that I started my blogging career doing the Wednesday puzzle and I did it for quite a few years before the Kiwis arrived and I moved to the Thursday slot.  I’m pretty sure this puzzle’s by Jay and it shows why I used the refer to him as “The Wednesday Wizard”. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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DT 30072

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30072

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’ve had a few days when the temperature hasn’t topped 31°C, which was a welcome relief after the heatwave. However yesterday it got up to 41C° so the summer isn’t over yet!

Today we have the usual Monday fare which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers. There are eight clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be pleased. As far as I can see there are only two puns in the Quickie which makes a change from my last blog when there were five!
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DT 30054

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30054

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the very hot weather is continuing.  In fact, last Monday was the hottest day since I moved to Spain with the temperature up to an unprecedented 44°C (that’s 111°F to our American readers) in the afternoon.  It’s been a more normal mid-thirties since but the forecast is for hotter weather from next weekend.  In this part of Spain statistically August 6 is the hottest day of the year so it will be interesting to see what we get next Saturday.

Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with the usual handful of head scratchers. Not too heavy on the anagrams and there seem quite a few clues where part of the answer is lifted directly. Still, an enjoyable puzzle while it lasted.
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DT 30042

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30042

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues but I see from the weather forecasts that England may well be hotter than here for the next day or so.  We’re forecast for a mere 34°C today but I hear England may break its high temp record and top 40°C.  Take care everyone, temps over 40°C can be dangerous.

Today we have the usual Monday fare but with a couple of unusual words so I’ve gone for *** difficulty, although if you know the words it’s pretty benign.  There’s only one anagram, and three partials, so you’ll have to do it the hard way without the free checkers.
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DT 30030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30030

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Hola from the Vega Baja where July has arrived with a bang. As I write this it’s only 0900 and the temperature is already 28°C with a top of 32°C forecast for this afternoon.

Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers.  There are seven anagrams and some of them are quite long so if you can crack them you’ll get a load of checkers to get you going.  I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
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DT 30018

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30018

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the heatwave may be coming to an end at last! Forecast is for only (only!) 33°C today and similar for the rest of the week. That’s still hotter than usual for mid-June but a relief after the last week or so of crazy temperatures.  Suffice it to say that I was in Granada last week and the temperature was 42°C for three days running.  That’s unheard of in mid-June and even unusual for late July or early August!

Anyway, on to the puzzle.  It is what, for me, has become a classic Monday.  It’s elegantly clued and not too hard but with a couple of tricky ones in the mix to keep us all on our toes. It was a great welcome back to crosswordland after ten days away on hols.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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DT 30000

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30000

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is in full swing with 30+ temps every day this week. Falcon was without electricity for six days after the storm and still has no internet, telephone or TV. Must have been a hell of a storm! That means you’ve got me again this week so I hope you’re not too disappointed.

As to the puzzle, of course it’s a landmark. It’s Daily Telegraph number 30,000 and that’s a hell of a lot of puzzles! There’s a Nina around the outside of the grid to mark the number and I reckon this is one of the best Monday puzzles for some time.  It’s not too hard and it hasn’t needed a load of obscure words to get the Nina in place. I thought it was great and look forward to your thoughts.
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