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DT 25959

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25959

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Not as complicated today, although the grid was a bit “cornery”, there are some nice “gimme” clues available in all corners to get you started. For example 2d, 7d, 24a, and 12d. Mind you it still deserves three stars because after that you still have to tease out the other answers.

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DT 25953

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25953

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Up nice and early this morning to try and get this review done before doing some “real” work and what do we find, a CluedUp site that’s up and down like a yoyo, and even when it seems to be up you can’t even log in. How complicated is it to run a web site like this? Anyway enough of the complaints about CluedUp, lets concentrate on the crossword. This was another entertaining Friday crossword. Not too difficult, but not too easy either and as always the crossword is characterised by the carefully crafted clues.

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DT 25947

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25947

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

I started with the cryptic definition at 26a, and then moved round the crossword solving clues anticlockwise. All in all another very enjoyable and entertaining Friday crossword. Remember – if you want to see the answer, just highlight the text inside the {} curly brackets

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DT 25941

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25941

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A nice easy start with simple anagrams at 1a and 2d and then it got a bit more complicated… it also helps if you get 13a early on, as the “four cornery” feel to the crossword, needs the checking letters from this one to make life a bit easier. Otherwise, some excellent clues, and a well thought out and crafted crossword.

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DT 25923

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25923

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Not too complicated, not too easy either. One new word for me, a french phrase and a couple of Big Dave bete noires, what more could you ask for. Comments as always appreciated.


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DT 25917

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25917

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

I found this one to be a lot harder than the other crosswords this week. Either I was having a bad day, or this really was more difficult. Comments appreciated.

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DT Cryptic No 25911

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25911

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

Hmm, I did not think this was one of the better Friday crosswords today. However in conversation with Gazza, he seems to think it’s the most difficult one of the week.  On the plus side I did learn a new slang term.

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DT Cryptic No 25905

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25905

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another generally enjoyable Friday puzzle, but a bit more complicated today, than it has been for a while.

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