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DT 29468

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29468

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where the cool, wet weather continues. The west coast could certainly benefit from some of our rain, and we would gladly take some of their heat in return.… Continue reading

DT 29462

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29462

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is coming to its end – the temperature hasn’t got over 30°C since last weekend and the humidity has dropped big time.  It’s really very pleasant!

Either I’m on the top of my game today or this puzzle is the easiest for quite some time.  It was my fastest solve ever when in the blogging seat which is the only time I solve against the clock.  Still, it was enjoyable while it lasted. I’ll be interested to see if you found it the same.
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DT 29456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29456

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather pendulum has swung to the other extreme. Whereas July was hot and dry with record-setting high temperatures, August has been cold and wet with below normal temperatures.… Continue reading

DT 29450

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29450

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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is continuing big time.  Very hot and sticky and I only bother to put my T-shirt on if I’m going out, and that’s not often in view of the increasing incidence of Covid-19.  Fortunately Alicante province seems to be relatively safe but I’m not risking any more than I have to. Continue reading “DT 29450”

DT 29444

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29444

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Greetings from Ottawa, where I have no idea what is going on in the world. I returned from spending several days at a campground where I have no access to electricity, newspapers, radio, television, or Internet just in time to do this blog.… Continue reading

DT 29438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438

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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 29432

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29432

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we have just come through the hottest July in 99 years with 18 days on which the high temperature exceeded 30° C.… Continue reading

DT 29426

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29426

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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

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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

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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