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DT 25948 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25948 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A pretty sound puzzle of moderate difficulty. No grid gripes, no geography, no arbitary people. Rejoice! Well, there are some gripes below but it feels like fewer than usual.

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DT 25952

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25952

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

After the discussions of the past few days on whether a puzzle is easy or difficult it is with some trepidation that I suggest that this is one of the easier daily puzzles. This is, however, only a personal opinion, and as the quizmaster used to say “the questions are only easy if you know the answer”.

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DT 25951

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25951

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Rather like last Wednesday’s puzzle, this one is not too difficult but has some well-constructed clues.  This could be a good one for all you newbies out there (and you too BigBoab!).

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DT 25950

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25950

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

I feel as if I’ve drawn the short straw with this one. There are one or two nice clues, but these are outweighed by a number where the word order has been mangled or extraneous words introduced to try to improve the surface reading of the clue. Throw in a couple of very odd words and some “cryptic” clues which are not very cryptic, and you are left with what, to me, was a very frustrating puzzle.

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DT 25949

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25949

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another Monday, another outing for our regular setter.  As usual, it’s the sort of puzzle designed to be kind to the newer solvers.  Sadly, another outing for one of my least favourite grids, with a lot of the answers containing two consecutive unchecked letters, which I personally consider unfair to solvers.  However the benign clues help here.

There’s the usual stock of cryptic definitions which either make you smile or wince.  Overall, the smile factor is very much in evidence, although a couple don’t quite hit the mark for me.

Black marks to the Telegraph website, I only managed to get in about an hour ago, and the interactive filling is not as smooth as normal.  Another black mark to 15 across which should have the number indication 3-3-5,4 rather than 13,4!  [This has now been changed to (3,3,5,4) although (3-3-5,4) would have been more accurate.  BD]

Anyway, on with the motley and let’s go…..  As usual, the solutions are hidden for you to highlight to reveal the answer.  Please feel free to leave any comments, but if it’s your first time, it can take a little while for your first post to appear.  It just prevents those naughty spammers from invading the board.

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DT 25947

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25947

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

I started with the cryptic definition at 26a, and then moved round the crossword solving clues anticlockwise. All in all another very enjoyable and entertaining Friday crossword. Remember – if you want to see the answer, just highlight the text inside the {} curly brackets

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DT 25942 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25942 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

An extra enjoyment star as I liked this more than most Saturday puzzles.  The grid is sound with one small reservation – the NW and SE corners are a bit isolated, and swapping the lengths of 12 and 13 (and of course 22 and 23) would fix this.  There are no placename answers, just a couple of islands in wordplay.  There are still arbitrary people – three ladies (Anne, Crystal, Lizzie) and one gent (Gus).  There are a few tricky answer words, including 6D and 11A, so their crossing might be a tricky area.  Surface meanings are mostly good, and I only found four cases of “surface padding”.  Curiously, all the 3-letter answers have a U in the middle, and none of them have to – I don’t know whether this is significant.

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DT 25946

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25946

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is an agreeable puzzle with a number of entertaining clues. It contains one word which was new to me, but it’s not too difficult to get it from the wordplay and the checking letters.

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DT 25944

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25944

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Sitting in the garden with a long cool drink on a hot Summer’s day and doing gentle battle with a cryptic crossword – what more could you ask for? I thought that the clues in this one got better towards the end, with the last few down ones being excellent – or was it that the contents of my long cool drink were gradually taking effect?

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