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DT 29151 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29151

Hints and tips by Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a dreich Southlochaweside where Saint Sharon and I are on holiday. Other than providing a crossword blog I we have nothing to do and all week to do it. Today’s puzzle is rather anagram heavy but otherwise quite satisfying. Rebel Rebel is playing on the sound system which given today’s alias is rather appropriate. Continue reading “DT 29151”

DT 29149 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29149

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a grey and windy South Staffs.

I found today’s Giovanni quite tricky, with 3d and 6d the last two in. I knew I was looking for an anagram in 3d, but took a long time to get to the answer.… Continue reading

DT 29144 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 31st August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday Prize Puzzle just like we used to get – this one a not difficult but enjoyable pangram – although the repetition radar did bleep in a couple of places, this didn’t spoil the solving enjoyment at all as I only noticed when typing the review

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DT 29148 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29148

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is continuing, although the forecast for the next few days looks a bit iffy.  Still it’s pretty hot and sunny and the moment so I’m not complaining.  I’m not sure what to make of this puzzle.  I got eight of the acrosses and ten of the downs on first pass but of those eighteen answers fifteen of them went in the right hand side, which was completely full, but the left hand side was nearly empty.  The remaining answers put up something of a fight before revealing themselves so it’s ** for the right and **** for the left so *** on average.  I don’t know who the setter is but whoever it is has a liking for charades and thinking up original anagram indicators.  I enjoyed the tussle and had a few good penny drop moments.
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DT 29147 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29147

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last week we spoke about dead things we had found on our regular walking circuit so thought that it would be good to redress the balance with today’s preamble. Right on schedule for the start of our spring, the first family of cute little ducklings appeared on 1st September. The next clutches were only a day or two behind them. A much more spirit-lifting sight.

Enjoy this Jay puzzle….. We did.

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DT 29146 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29146

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  Today we've been treated to another excellent puzzle from Telegraph Puzzles Editor Chris Lancaster.  I just loved it.  As is often the case with his puzzles, I rated it a definite 4* for difficulty.  But since there is also 4* enjoyment to be had here I recommend persevering with it, possibly using whatever aids you find necessary to fill the grid and parse the clues.  Continue reading "DT 29146"

DT 29145 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29145

Hints and tips by Yogi Bear

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

As I am supposed to be ‘smarter than the average bear Boo Boo’ I will strive to be error free this week. Continue reading “DT 29145”

DT 29143 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29143

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. A fine day in prospect, ahead of what may be a wet weekend.

One or two tricky clues from Giovanni this morning, pushing my time into my *** bracket.… Continue reading

DT 29138 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 28th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! A fairly regular Saturday Puzzle whih was a quick solve and not quite a pangram.

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DT 29142 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29142

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying the final vestiges of summer. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a brutal winter ahead.

Today’s puzzle is without question the work of RayT.… Continue reading