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DT 29785

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29785

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’re forecast rain for tomorrow and temperatures not reaching 30°C but then normal service is due to return for a few days.

Today we have the usual Monday elegance but perhaps a little on the easier side of the spectrum of difficulty. Well, I thought it so but no doubt many of you will disagree.
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DT 29779

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29779

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where summer is rapidly winding down and we are desperately trying to squeeze in the last vestiges of beach time before the crisp autumn days arrive.… Continue reading

DT 29773

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29773

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the intense heat has finally abated.  Very pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine but not the crazy temperatures of the last couple of months.

The crossword is another example of the usual Monday fare but I thought a tad trickier that normal.  There’s three or four clues which are quite obscure but there’s enough gimmes to give you the checkers you need.
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DT 29767

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29767

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying a brief respite from a record-breaking string of 30+ C temperatures.

Campbell has given us a gentler workout than usual today.… Continue reading

DT 29761

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29761

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Hola from a sunny Los Alacázares where we’ve been trying to evade the crazy heat of this August. Still, it got up to 38°C last Sunday so it’s not been much of a relief.  However, we did get to see “La Vuelta a España” flash by last Saturday as they came through LA on stage 8. It doesn’t last very long but with all the cars, motor bikes and two helicopters for the TV coverage not to mention the riders themselves it’s a great spectacle, and the speed of the guys is impressive.

The crossword today is the usual Monday fare but perhaps leaning towards more cryptic definitions the usual.  There’s a few anagrams and a couple of gimmes so I don’t think many of you will have to resort to these hints. Anyway they’re here if you do need some help.
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DT 29755

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29755

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we have enjoyed a couple of clear sunny days in the mid-20s C following a sweltering spell of days with temperatures in the very high 20s.… Continue reading

DT 29749

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29749

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues.  Last week we had two days of 37°C and the forecast is for a heatwave from next Thursday. Phew, the joys of summer in Spain!… Continue reading

DT 29743

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29743

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Greetings from Ottawa, where a cold, damp week is about to give way to a spell of hot, sunny weather that may last through August. A blessing for those of us who thrive on hot weather.… Continue reading

DT 29737

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29737

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been uncomfortably hot for about the last two weeks. I’m writing this blog in the middle of the night while it’s a bit cooler and I can watch Adam Peaty in the Olympic swimming. … Continue reading

DT 29731

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29731

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather has been variable but, fortunately, most weekends have enjoyed rather good weather. On Friday, Ontario entered Stage 3 of its Reopening Plan with COVID-19 restrictions greatly relaxed but not entirely lifted.… Continue reading