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Toughie 2721

Toughie no 2721 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Tuesdays puzzles seem to have become tougher of late. Donnybrook has tested my resolve today. As usual checkers came to the rescue, or was it wavelength? No it’s checkers. Always checkers Continue reading “Toughie 2721”

DT 29792

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29792

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I enjoyed the neat misdirection in today's puzzle where words looking like they should be part of the definition turned out to be part of the wordplay. Nicely done, setter.  Continue reading "DT 29792"

DT 29791

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29791

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where the brisk weather and the leaves starting to change colour show that autumn has clearly arrived.

As is typical with a Campbell puzzle, I got off to a very quick start but then had a good workout through the middle section before the help provided by checking letters allowed me to pick up the pace toward the end.… Continue reading

EV 1506 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1506 (Hints)

Potato Scraps by The Ace of Hearts

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be the 7th EV by The Ace of Hearts. Solvers will have enjoyed his last one about the Beaufort Scale. Like many advanced thematic cryptic crossword setters, he also sets for the Magpie, the IQ Series, the Listener and Crossword magazine.… Continue reading

ST 3127 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3127 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, today, we are enjoying (maybe, maybe not) Dada’s 150th Sunday puzzle.

Keep staying safe everyone.

For me, I think I made it harder than it actually was by not recognising some of Dada’s indicators although I did have some Hmms including one for the Pun. … Continue reading

DT 29790 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29790 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from Warrington! Another overcast day to deal with. It’s nice to have a day off, but it is filled with a number of things to do, including quiz writing, making a start on my next Open University course, and then planning a trip away in November. Continue reading “DT 29790 (Hints)”

DT 29789

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29789

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs with a cloudy start to the day.

Today’s puzzle took me just into my *** time, but writing the hints for some of the clues took me longer than usual – there were several where getting the answer was not particularly difficult, but explaining the parsing was trickier.… Continue reading