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Toughie 3222

Toughie No 3222 by Stick Insect

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Toughie Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Stick Insect’s turn to provide the Wednesday Toughie – this one has lots of opportunities to brush up on your knowledge of abbreviations

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DT 30542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30542

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa
Another beautiful summer day for us here. Just what we need for a painting project that we have on at present. We are tackling it in ‘bite sized pieces’ suitable for painters of advancing years and hope to have family joining us at the weekend, paint brushes in hand, ready to take care of the high and hard to reach bits.… Continue reading

Toughie 3221

Toughie No 3221 by Serpent

Hints and tips by ALP

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

I can’t be alone in fearing a professorial setter who based his pseudonym on a “cryptographic algorithm”. The very words make me want to sob. As a chap who epically failed Maths A-level, my brain is clearly cheese to his chalk.… Continue reading

DT 30541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30541
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

Another solid AP offering today. Largely straightforward though with a couple of trickier clues that perhaps made it slightly more difficult than yesterday. For me it didn’t hit the heights of last week’s puzzle but was still enjoyable.… Continue reading

DT 30538

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30538

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I felt miles off the setter’s wavelength today, with no flow at all as I worked on completing the X-less grid. But in hindsight there is nothing here that’s obscure or even unusually complex, so perhaps I’m just out of practice. I look forward to reading what others thought.  Continue reading "DT 30538"

DT 30533 (Full Review)


  • Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30533

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 10th February 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Looking at the clues for 1a, 6a and 10a, I did wonder why there were exclamation marks at the end of the clue as the definitions didn’t really require them. Once I’d solved 28/24a, the earworm inducing theme and the need for the exclamation marks was revealed

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Toughie 3219

Toughie No 3219 by Django
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Django’s being pretty gentle with us today but he’s as enjoyable as ever. Thanks to him.

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DT 30537

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,537
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Welwyn Garden City, where it looks like being a lovely day. It is the current Mrs Shabbo’s birthday tomorrow, so a trip to the card shop is in order as soon as I finish this blog.… Continue reading