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DT 30588

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30588

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Hola from Almoradí on a bright and sunny morning.  Spring has definitely sprung now and people, even Spanish, are beginning to appear wearing shorts.  Not me thought.  The temperature has to top 25°C for me to get the shorts out!

Today’s crossword is the usual Monday fare. Mostly straightforward but with a couple to scratch the head over. It didn’t help that I mistyped the last letter of 26d as an E which made 30a impossible.  Spotted my error eventually and all was well.
Not sure about the setter as, unless I’m missing something, there’s only one pun in the quick crossword.
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DT 30582

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30582

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where (when this review is posted) I will be preparing to head out to view the solar eclipse. In Ottawa, the moon will cover only 98.5% of the sun but one only has to travel about 75 km south to reach a location that will experience 100% coverage.… Continue reading

DT 30576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30576

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Hola from Almoradí where we’ve had practically no rain at all since last September. Easter Sunday arrives, when there’s a big parade scheduled, and what happens? You got it, it peed down all day!  Parade cancelled!

As to the crossword it’s pretty much as I’ve come to expect on a Monday. Nothing to frighten the horses but perhaps a couple of tricky ones lurking in the mix.
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DT 30570

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30570

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Greetings from Ottawa, where Mother Nature continues to be in a frolicsome mood. It can be -10 C with snow on the ground when one awakes and +10 C with bare ground by afternoon.… Continue reading

DT 30558

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30558

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we switched to Daylight Saving Time on the weekend, meaning the puzzle will be available one hour later than usual until Britain makes the shift to summer time.… Continue reading

DT 30546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30546

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are on a weather roller coaster. This morning the temperature was -14 C, at the moment (Sunday evening) it is about 0 C, and by Tuesday it will be +14 C, only to plunge to -7 C the next day then up to +11 C by next weekend.… Continue reading

DT 30534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30534

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather continues to be unseasonably mild. We are midway through Winterlude, our annual winter carnival and the Rideau Canal skateway, undoubtedly the major attraction of the festival, has been closed for the duration of the event due to unsafe ice conditions.… Continue reading

DT 30528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30528

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Hola from Almoradí on another beautiful cloudless morning,  but it’s a bit chilly at the moment.  Still, it will warm up by lunchtime with a bit of luck. … Continue reading

DT 30522

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30522

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Greetings from an unseasonably warm Ottawa. It is not quite T-shirt and shorts weather – but closer to it than to a normal Ottawa winter. A portion of our Rideau Canal skateway managed to open for a few days but had to be closed again due to the warm temperatures.… Continue reading