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DT Cryptic No 25859 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25859

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Once again you have a nice easy start to the week, with this honest, straightforward puzzle.  Try and do as much of this as you can without my help (but don’t put me out of business)!!

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DT Cryptic No 25857 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25857

A full analysis by Big Dave

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This is a review of the puzzle as published in the newspaper and now available online – the one that was originally published online turned out to be the Saturday Prize crossword!.  Neither puzzle was anything special – nothing particularly good or annoyingly bad.  For a real puzzle, see today’s Toughie No 99.

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DT Cryptic No 25852 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25852 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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This analysis is the first contribution from Peter Biddlecombe.  Peter was Times crossword champion in 2000 and 2007 and is a pioneer in crossword blogging in the UK (see Times for the Times).  I gave this two stars for both difficulty and enjoyment, Peter has been rather more generous and upped it to three! BD.

My time for this was about 60% longer than an average Times puzzle, but I made life hard for myself with two dud answers which had to be corrected – ROUGH OUT at 6D, though the weakness of “some golf = rough” should have made me rub this out, and INCITE at 22D. Without these, an ‘average Times’ time should have been possible.

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DT Cryptic No 25856 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25856

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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Last weeks contribution from Gazza was very favourably received, so he’s agreed to do it again.  Don’t forget that Peter Biddlecombe’s review of last Saturday’s DT No 25852 is scheduled to be published at noon today.  BD

Today’s effort is fairly straightforward with nothing too challenging, but there is one nice pun at 11 across.

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DT Cryptic No 25855 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25855

Do this one first, then move on to the Toughie!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

After a late start due to the increasingly frequent problems on the CluedUp website, here are the hints and tips (mainly actual answers today as I was somewhat lacking in inspiration!).  Today I have changed the format a little so that the components of the answer, and the answer itself, are in capitals.

Someone at the Telegraph must have been listening, as the Wednesday puzzle used to be the source of a lot of grief, mainly because of the dubious nature of some of the clues.  That seems to have changed, as this is a neat, straightforward puzzle.

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DT Cryptic No 25854 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25854

An easy puzzle today

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Some recent Tuesday puzzles have caused a few problems, but not for the last week or so.  Only a couple of links today – nothing interesting enough for supplementary information!

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DT Cryptic No 25853 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25853

Not as easy as last Monday

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A full analysis of DT Cryptic No 25846 has now been published as a review.  I hope to publish analyses for both weekend puzzles by the following Thursday – starting this week with Peter Biddlecombe’s review of DT 25852.

Last Monday we had a nice easy one to start the week – this one will make you think a little harder, but that’s where this review can help.  Don’t forget that clicking on the links reveals supplementary information, some useful and some frivolous.

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DT Cryptic No 25851 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25851

Today’s hints and tips, by Libellule

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

This is the first contribution from Libellule, so I hope you all enjoy it – I certainly did.  Once again, the highlighted items link to supplementary information, often the answer to the clue.  Don’t forget to let both of us know, via the comments below, what you think. BD

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DT Cryptic No 25846 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25846 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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See also the original posting for DT Cryptic No 25846

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DT Cryptic No 25850 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25850

Today’s hints and tips, by Gazza

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Doing this blog every day is a much bigger task than I imagined when I took it on.  Fortunately, I have had offers of help from fellow solvers, this being the first.  A blog is a very personal thing, and it was with considerable trepidation that I agreed to accept outside help, but that was before Gazza’s contribution arrived.  I knew as soon as I read the first hint that I had not made a mistake, and I hope that you all agree with me.  Please let both of us know, via the comments below, what you think. BD

This one is fairly straightforward (but see 16 across) and not too difficult, similar to those of the last few days.

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