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Double Toughie 100008

Double Toughie No 100008
An Arrangement for 3 and 14 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,008 and the solution can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,008

From clues to the eight answers entered in cells shaded grey, a consecutive arrangement of the (3-7 inclusive) letters of one member of a thematic octet must be removed before solving.… Read More

ST 2872 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2872 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!

I gather a good day was had in York and there may be one or two sore heads this morning.  We’ll no doubt see the evidence a bit later.

Here we are with the Sunday challenge and it was a bit harder than usual today from our Sunday Setter.  … Read More

DT 28258 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28258 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning, back for another weekend while the troops are partying like its 1999.  The gang is up in York celebrating Elgar’s birthday so here’s hoping they have a great day.

I found this a bit of an odd puzzle with a number of answers going in and I really had no idea how they worked until I sat for a while and thought about it.  … Read More

ST 2871 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2871 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!  

And firstly a big congratulations to everyone who took part in yesterday’s Times Crossword Championships and a tenth victory for the amazing solving machine known as Mark Goodliffe (he’s the setter Mr Magoo).  Bravo to our very own Crypticsue who made the Final where everyone was greeted with a fairly tough set of puzzles.  … Read More

DT 28252 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28252 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning all!

While Big Dave and most of the gang are away at the big crossword event of this week, the Times Crossword Championships, I’m holding the fort for the next two weekends.  … Read More

DT 28203

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28203

“A, you’re a necessity ….”

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from tropical Warrington. Time for a Friday battle with the Don, although there were points today where it didn’t feel like one of his puzzles. Very enjoyable, although somewhat on the gentle side for the Friday spot.… Read More

DT 28197

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28197

At Sixes and Nines!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Warrington! Myself and the lovely Crypticsue have popped in to cover the Friday slots while certain people are sunning themselves / facing court appearances / taking tea with the Queen (delete as appropriate).… Read More

Toughie 1634

Toughie No 1634 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Warrington! As Bufo is sunning himself on a Club 18-30 Ibiza Rave Party holiday, BD asked me to fill his boots for the day.

A nice pleasant puzzle from Petitjean today, which fits well into the Thursday slot.… Read More

ST 2849 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2849 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning all!  While BD sleeps off the excesses of yesterday’s Derby booze up meeting of minds, I’ve popped in to look after the Sunday puzzle.  It’s another absolute belter from Brian G who produces such high quality puzzles every week.  … Read More

ST 2840 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2840 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Note:  The EV is now up on the website

Good morning everyone, the Boss is schmoozing with the Macclesfield set this morning, so I’ve been left with the keys to the shop.  It’s the Sunday cryptic and to be fair, I thought today was a little more challenging than usual, but no less enjoyable.  … Read More