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Toughie 2404

Toughie No 2404 by Messinae

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This took me exactly the same time to solve as the inside back-pager and so, for me anyway, that crossword’s 4.5* rating equates to a Toughie rating of 1* for this one.… Continue reading

DT 29315

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29315

Hints and tips by Little Dorritt

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

Good morning Solveteenies. Today’s masterclass from RayT was a complicated delight from start to finish. Each clue needing to be teased out tortuously with a satisfying sigh as the stretched synonym became obvious.Continue reading

DT 29314

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29314

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Even here in NZ we live in strange times. We have effectively closed the borders, which is relatively easy to do in a nation surrounded by huge natural moats, and any travellers who do arrive are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days.… Continue reading

DT 29313

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29313

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone.  I thought today's puzzle was rather good.  I encountered quite a few smiles during the solve, and I was left wondering who might have crafted it because the style felt fresh.  We always enjoy hearing from setters, so if our mystery compiler is reading please comment below so we know who to thank.  Continue reading "DT 29313"

DT 29312

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29312

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the locked down Vega Baja.  At the risk of incurring a large fine I’m not allowed out of my house for any reason apart from essential journeys.  These include trips to food stores, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, tobacco shops and, bizarrely, hairdressers and dry cleaners.  Apparently, if you’re going suffer from coronavirus in Spain it’s important to have a smart hairdo and a clean suit. Actually there’s not much point in going out as all bars and restaurants are closed.  I think I’m going to be doing a lot of crosswords.

On to the puzzle.  I’m not sure but I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a Monday puzzle before so it’s been a bit of a new experience for me.  It wasn’t too difficult but a couple of tricky bits to keep us on our toes.  A few anagrams and a few gimmes to give a good start so I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
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DT 29310

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29310

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, with a watery sun breaking through the patches of cloud as I write.

Overall, I didn’t find today’s puzzle very difficult, but there seemed to me to be an excess of double definition clues, which are not my favourite.… Continue reading

DT 29305

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29305

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 7th March 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! – A fairly straightforward Saturday puzzle with some very nice surface readings..

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DT 29308

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29308

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Something is decidedly fishy about Jay’s puzzle today but it still has all the usual cleverness and fun.

 Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.


1a     Master the last of skills needed with fish (7)
SKIPPER : The final letter of skills and then a smoked herring.… Continue reading

DT 29307

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29307

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Today's entertaining puzzle felt to me a little below Tuesday's average level of difficulty.  I look forward to hearing what you thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29307"