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DT 26048

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26048

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** and a half Enjoyment ***

Not quite two stars, but I don’t think this is worth three stars for difficulty either. But there’s still a lot of fun to be had and depressingly I can’t even complain about the anagram indicators.

Did the setter deliberately juxtapose 1d and 17d and also 21d and 8d? I am not sure, but I like the effect.

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DT 26047

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26047

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Tilsit is taking a few days off to attend to other matter, but don’t worry he’s not unwell and should be back next week. Today’s puzzle is one of those that will probably split the opinions into two. The more experienced solvers will dismiss it, and the less experienced will be happy that they have finished it.

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DT 26046

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26046

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Regular solvers will doubtless recognise the style of today’s setter – all single-word answers, a good variety of clue types and few proper nouns. It was a good workout with some smiles along the way.

As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets, so that you do not see them by accident; if you do want to see one, just highlight the white space inside the brackets.

All comments are welcome, whether from regular contributors or first timers.

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DT 26045

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26045

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

It was nice to get going on this typical Rufus puzzle after my earlier brush with DT 49.  I had missed the wonderful cryptic definitions that are to be found here.

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DT 26043

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26043

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s Friday already and we have another gem from our usual Friday setter, full of immaculately constructed clues with a few chuckles thrown in. I debated whether to give this three or four stars for difficulty, and ended up with four. I’m sure we’ll get comments ranging from “easiest of the week” to “total nightmare” – please do continue to give us your views; it’s the variety of comments that makes the blog so interesting!

As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – highlight the white space if you want to reveal them.

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DT 26038

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26038

The Big Ones Get Away!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

Having been a solver for many years, I always looked forward to Saturday’s puzzles. Each paper usually offered you more than one puzzle, and invariably, the puzzle you got on a Saturday was something special. Sadly I don’t feel that magic with the Telegraph puzzle. It’s an OK challenge, but I don’t get to feel the magic that you get with other papers and setters. This week’s contained a couple of good clues, but they were taken down by the two long answers in the centre. Both were clued with cryptic definitions, and while you could argue one was reasonable, I simply had not heard of the expression, and the other struck me as too remote and obscure to lead to the answer. The grid itself didn’t help with the centre almost isolated. I recognised the across answer, but had to guess at the down one. Even an anagram might have helped a bit.

Anyway, whine over, off we go. Your comments as to how you coped with the puzzle are welcomed.

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DT 26042

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26042

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I came to appreciate this crossword more when I started writing up the blog, than when I actually did it. For once I can’t really complain about anagram indicators, except for 10a where I was a little unsure which one is supposed to do the job, but eventually decided on display.  Otherwise this is a gentle work out for the grey cells, having a good mix of clue types, and clues that vary from being quite simple to others that are more complicated.

As usual feel free to comment and dicuss what you thought of today’s offering.

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DT 26041

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26041

One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana Four…….

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: ***

Greetings from the rain-kissed paradise that is the Calder Valley.  A nice friendly puzzle  that shouldn’t cause too much trouble to newer solvers, although a couple of clues require a careful reading of the words.  I also thought there were rather a lot of anagrams (eleven actually, especially of short words and five out of the first six clues), which can suggest a little laziness on behalf of the setter, although here the surface readings of clues are generally very good.

As usual, the answers are  “hidden” inside the curly brackets.  Highlighting them will reveal all.  At the end of the blog, you can click on the star rating to show your opinion on the puzzle, and of course, you are welcome to have your say at the end and newer posters should note that their first posts sometimes take a little while to appear due to having to be moderated to check for spammers.

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DT 26040

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26040

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Today’s puzzle is fairly straightforward, but with not a great deal to get the pulses racing or bring a smile to the lips. It contains two place names, a girl’s name and a surname, but for all of them the wordplay is pretty undemanding.
As always we’d be delighted to get your comments, whether from experienced solvers or those dipping their toe in the water for the first time.

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DT 26039

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26039

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Yet another relatively easy puzzle from Rufus to get the week off to a good start.

Big Dave Towers seems strangely empty today as the 3-litre Capri Ghia that we have owned for the last 23 years, 15 of which it spent motionless in the carport, went off to a new home yesterday.

Capri Ghia

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