Author Archives: tilsit

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

Help to save the Indy Cryptic puzzles

Many of you will read of the Independent’s plans to produce an online, rather than print edition.  At the time of writing, it is not clear where this leaves their crossword.

Under Mike Hutchinson’s editorship, a great many of Big Dave’s NTSPP setters have gone on to get their first published break, and losing this valuable resource would most certainly limit the options for newer setters to break into the field.… Read More

ST 2833 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Difficulty *** / Enjoyment ****

Morning everyone.  After a lovely day yesterday surrounded by the great and the good, it’s back to business today with the Sunday Puzzle by Brian and it is to be fair a little tougher than yesterday’s Daily, but no less enjoyable, and packed with clues that are always fair.… Read More

DT 28024 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28024 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the 07:19 from Warrington.  The Saturday Club is having a day out en route to London for a special day out.  Big Dave was leaving me to babysit things and I decided if you can’t beat them, join them! … Read More

Double Toughie 100007

Double Toughie No 100007

Enigma Variations by Elgar

Friends Dropping Round for Christmas

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

Season’s Greetings from a wet Warrington! Merry Christmas to you all and here’s Elgar’s annual seasonal offering which is probably one of his more accessible puzzles.… Read More

ST 2819 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2819 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning All

Thanks to Crypticsue for standing in at short notice when a certain four-legged chum decided to be a bit awkward.  I am having problems with another four-legged chum this morning.  His name’s Dexter and he insists on sitting on the keyboard while I am typing this, expecting cuddles and treats.… Read More