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Double Toughie 100011

Double Toughie No 100011
Theme & Variations by Elgar

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,011 and the solution can be found, from Boxing Day, under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,011. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100011”

DT 29192 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29192 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all

This blog comes to you courtesy of TransPennine Express as we hurtle over to the Elgar Birthday Bash in York, where many of the great and good (and a few not-so-good!) will be meeting to celebrate the birthday of the Tormentor known as Elgar, Nimrod and Enigmatist, or John to his friends.  Incidentally, if you are a masochist for his puzzles, he is on duty today in the i Paper on the IQ slot, following yesterday’s mayhem in the Toughie. Continue reading “DT 29192 (Hints)”

DT 29144 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144 (Hints)
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Greetings.  it’s that time of the month again.  This time, I’m sitting in the Stretford Bridge Club, getting ready for our Committee Meeting at 10am.  At this time of the year most bridge clubs start courses of lessons and we are no exception.  If you’re in the Manchester area and would like to play this splendid game, contact me and I’ll let you have details.  If you’ve always wanted to learn to play, contact your local club, chances are they will be starting a course soon. Continue reading “DT 29144 (Hints)”

Toughie 2278

Toughie No 2278 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Greetings from a fairly damp and miserable Warrington (what’s new? – the locals).

Managed to make it back safely from Germany, although I am having to trot to the clinic for daily antibiotic IV’s due to an infected leg after I had a fall over there.… Continue reading

Toughie 2273

Toughie No 2273 by Hudson

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Greetings once more from Jena!

The weather has broken slightly, and we had some rain yesterday, which cleared the air a little. Had a really interesting day in the Bauhaus and New Weimar museums looking at some of the amazing artworks from the period between the wars. Continue reading “Toughie 2273”

DT 29114 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29114 (Hints)
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Herzliche Grüße aus der charmanten Stadt Jena in Ostdeutschland!

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I’m here for my annual visit to the University’s excellent language course and also my annual disaster travelling to and from the city.  I thought nothing could top last year’s journey from home but I was wrong.  The chaos at St Pancras meant that I had to completely reroute my journey through Paris.  I had a first-class Interrail pass which meant I could have travelled on most trains, but because I couldn’t have a reservation on a specific train that would have allowed me to arrive at midnight rather than the original 9 pm, I had to ensure a journey that got me to Jena at 10 am with six changes.   Good old Eurostar will be getting a bit of a stern letter about their part in this chaos.

Anyway, to matters in hand.  I am suitably refreshed and ready to deal with today’s task which I think is set by the Original Mysteron.  A pleasant solve.

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DT 29090 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29090 (Hints)

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Howdoo!

It’s that time of the month again when the boss goes for a wander down the local Farmer’s Market and I pop in and do the honours.

A very enjoyable and reasonably straightforward puzzle from our regular Mysteron, I’d guess.  Not too much to hold you up although a couple of slightly oblique definitions, 6 down being the main culprit and was almost my last one in.  As usual, a thanks to the lovely Crypticsue for putting my pictures in as my iMac won’t allow me to for some reason. Continue reading “DT 29090 (Hints)”

DT 29060 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29060 (Hints)

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Greetings for sunny Warrington and a quick break for yours truly in revising for his OU end of course essay to bring you today’s Blog.

Unless I’m suffering from an overdose of Denglisch, I found this to be one of those puzzles where at first glance everything looks to be baffling, but suddeny a couple of answers drop in and the rest is plain sailing.  

 

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