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DT 25972 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25972 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Peter Biddlecombe is taking a well-deserved break this week, but will be back next week.

Saturday puzzles recently have not deserved the accolade of prize puzzles, but this one was a lot better.  I had a few minor grumbles,which are outlined in the review.

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DT 25976

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25976

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

When I solved this puzzle I was not overly impressed with it, but writing the review has made me appreciate some of the individual clues more, and I ended up quite liking it.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them.
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DT 25975

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25975

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

I found this to be a disapppointing puzzle.  There was little of merit, and the overuse of initial and final letter constructs that failed to contribute to the surface reading was irritating.

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DT 25974

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25974

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable, but not too taxing, puzzle with all the answers being single words. We have both a girl’s name and a city, so there may be some criticism from those who do not like the use of proper nouns – over to you!
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space inside them to reveal all.

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DT 25973

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25973

The Yawning After the Night Before

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Dateline: Hebden Bridge :  Monday : 00:45

After a very pleasant birthday Sunday, I arrived home just after midnight full of bonhomie (sadly not alcohol)  and at one with the world.  So I logged on to Clued Up and, armed with a cup of coffee and Tracy Chapman on my speakers, set about the new challenge from our Monday Maestro.

Some minutes later I am waiting for Clued Up to decide whether I have completed the puzzle, although I am fairly certain I have it correct.  Has my good humour survived?  Let’s take a  stroll round Across Street and Down Lane and see.

I have vented my spleen about the Telegraph Grids recently, so I shall say little about today’s abomination.  There’s the usual smattering of cryptic definitions, and the usual odd one that stetches a point.   I am sure I have seen the exact same clue at 5 down in a puzzle recently, so that is where I start.

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DT 25971

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25971

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

Not sure about this crossword, maybe I got out of the wrong side of bed this morning, but I personally felt that this was somewhat 16a. and is only rescued by 18a. Comments appreciated as always.
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DT 25966 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25966 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

A pretty easy puzzle, which will have disappointed those who want a bit more to chew over on a Saturday. In its favour, the surface readings are nearly all convincing. The grid seems to be a direct match of a Times one, dreamt up by their former xwd editor Edmund Akenhead, with a big black E as a “signature”. It’s now a bit eccentric at the Times – their only grid with any fully checked answers – but much better than some of the DT ones.

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DT 25970

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25970

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing today, but a pleasant challenge with a lot of nice surface readings.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them.
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DT 25968

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25968

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Today we have a very pleasant, but not too exacting, exercise with some well-constructed clues – perfect for doing in the garden with a long, cold drink close at hand.
As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space to reveal them.

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