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DT 29438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the Spanish summer is in full flow,  38°C on Saturday and not much cooler yesterday.  Phew about sums it up!

Today’s crossword is a very pleasant start to the cruciverbal weeks and not too tricky, even though there’s a bit of rather arcane general knowledge required at 23a. At least the answer is fairly obvious so it shouldn’t hold you up too much.  I’ll be interested to hear your opinions of that sort of clue.  Continue reading “DT 29438”

DT 29426

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29426

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the very quiet summer continues. Very few tourists about and all our bookings on the apartment have cancelled so there’s not much work to do.

Today’s crossword was about as I’ve come to expect for Monday.  Not too difficult in the main but with a couple of head scratchers.  There seems to me to be a lot of messing about with single letters today.  There’s six clues requiring you to use either the first or last letter of a word.  There’s also six clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be happy.
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DT 29420

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29420

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa. Yes, I’m back again, pommers having graciously agreed to a swap of assignments so I can make myself available for a family celebration next week.… Continue reading

DT 29414

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29414

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing a brief respite from a record-setting string of some ten consecutive days where the temperature exceeded 30° C. Not only has it cooled off to the mid-twenties but we are getting some much-needed rain.… Continue reading

DT 29408

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29408

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from sunny Los Alcázares on the Mar Menor.  Now that we’re allowed to cross regional borders we’ve come to the apartment for a couple of weeks holiday. We live in Comunitat Valenciana and the apartment’s in the region of Murcia so we haven’t been able to come here for about twelve weeks.  It’s usually a couple of degrees cooler here than in Almoradí so it’s very pleasant in the heat of the Spanish summer.

Anyway, to the crossword.  Apart from a couple of minor mistakes I thought it was great.  Not too tricky but with enough for a little bit of head scratching. I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who doesn’t.
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DT 29402

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29402

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather remains unsettled. While I solved this puzzle, a violent thunderstorm raged outside dumping torrential amounts of welcome rain on my parched garden.… Continue reading

DT 29396

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29396

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has finally arrived, the state of alarm is over and the nights are now drawing in. Just to make you all jealous here’s a link to the Vega Baja weather forecast for the next week:-

https://www.eltiempo.es/almoradi.html

Maybe it’s just me but I thought this was the trickiest Monday puzzle for some time but also the most enjoyable.  I didn’t help myself by putting the wrong first word in 12a which made 13d impossible until the penny finally dropped.  I wonder if any of you made the same mistake.  There’s only one full anagram in this puzzle but there are five clues with an anagram involved in the wordplay and a couple of them are rather cunningly disguised. I hope you all enjoyed the tussle as much as I did. Continue reading “DT 29396”

DT 29390

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29390

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the meteorological roller coaster continues. The past few days have been a bit on the chilly side with overnight temperatures dipping to near frost range.… Continue reading

DT 29384

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29384

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have been suspended for today.  It’s a bit chilly this morning and I can hear a rumble or two of thunder in the distance.  Normal service is due to be restored on Wednesday.

As to the puzzle, well it didn’t put up much of a fight. I got eight of the acrosses and then twelve of the downs on first pass so the horses didn’t even prick up their ears.  My only pause was with 16d where I couldn’t believe that -A-C-D-G could be correct so I spent a bit of time checking my across answers before the penny dropped.  I don´t think many of you will be requiring any hints today.
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DT 29378

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29378

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather has done an about turn. The week past was like mid-July but the weekend has been more like early April and the week coming up is shaping up to be more of the same.… Continue reading