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DT 29785

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29785

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’re forecast rain for tomorrow and temperatures not reaching 30°C but then normal service is due to return for a few days.

Today we have the usual Monday elegance but perhaps a little on the easier side of the spectrum of difficulty. Well, I thought it so but no doubt many of you will disagree.
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DT 29773

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29773

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the intense heat has finally abated.  Very pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine but not the crazy temperatures of the last couple of months.

The crossword is another example of the usual Monday fare but I thought a tad trickier that normal.  There’s three or four clues which are quite obscure but there’s enough gimmes to give you the checkers you need.
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DT 29761

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29761

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Hola from a sunny Los Alacázares where we’ve been trying to evade the crazy heat of this August. Still, it got up to 38°C last Sunday so it’s not been much of a relief.  However, we did get to see “La Vuelta a España” flash by last Saturday as they came through LA on stage 8. It doesn’t last very long but with all the cars, motor bikes and two helicopters for the TV coverage not to mention the riders themselves it’s a great spectacle, and the speed of the guys is impressive.

The crossword today is the usual Monday fare but perhaps leaning towards more cryptic definitions the usual.  There’s a few anagrams and a couple of gimmes so I don’t think many of you will have to resort to these hints. Anyway they’re here if you do need some help.
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DT 29749

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29749

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues.  Last week we had two days of 37°C and the forecast is for a heatwave from next Thursday. Phew, the joys of summer in Spain!… Continue reading

DT 29737

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29737

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been uncomfortably hot for about the last two weeks. I’m writing this blog in the middle of the night while it’s a bit cooler and I can watch Adam Peaty in the Olympic swimming. … Continue reading

DT 29725

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29725

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Hola from the Vega Baja where we have a rather horrifying weather forecast! The prediction is for the temperature to reach a record breaking 45°C in the Vega Baja this afternoon. … Continue reading

DT 29701

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29701

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has arrived big time.  We’re getting temperatures around 30°C every day now and the forecast is for it to be hotter by weekend.

Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I found this puzzle a bit trickier than recent Mondays have been. I only got six of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass which is lower than average for me on a Monday. However there are enough gimmes and a couple of anagrams to give you a good start so I don’t think it will cause too much trouble.  For me a tad of extra trickiness adds to the overall enjoyment of the tussle.
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DT 29689

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29689

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a slightly chilly morning.  It’s sure to warm up later as spring has definitely sprung here.

Not much to say about the crossword which hasn’t already been said on a Monday.  It’s the usual fare, not too difficult but enjoyable.  Today’s offering seems a bit light on anagrams so I know some of you will be disappointed but there’s a lot of good stuff to enjoy.
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DT 29677

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29677

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been a bit crazy.  Unseasonably hot and yesterday the temperature rose to 36°C.  Ridiculous for mid-May.  Fortunately today’s forecast is for a more usual 24°C.  On the Covid front both pommette and I have had our first jabs of the Pfizer stuff and are due our second dose soon, me next week and pommette the week after.   The state of alarm in Spain ended last weekend so a lot of the restrictions have been lifted and we’ve been able to visit our apartment in Murcia. I just hope it isn’t too much too soon.  The week before last there were zero Covid related admissions to the Vega Baja hospital and Communitat Valenciana has the lowest infection rate is Spain. It would be a shame to ruin all that progress by being too precipitate. 

As to the crossword, well what can I say.  It was the usual Monday elegance but I did something I’ve not managed to do for quite some time – I simply solved every clue in order, starting at 1a and ending at 22d.  Having done that how can I give more than one star for difficulty?
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DT 29665

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29665

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Hola from the Vega Baja on a very pleasant spring morning.  Sunny, light breeze and forecast for 23°C this afternoon.  What more could one ask for?

The puzzle’s a pretty normal Monday affair with quite a few gimmes to get you a start and then a few with much more complicated wordplay to get you exercising the grey matter.  Overall I enjoyed it.
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