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DT 25937

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25937

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The usual amiable start from the Monday Maestro with the usual smattering of cryptic definitions and clever wordplay.  Lots of double definition clues today.  I have to say that I feel that a couple of the cryptic definitions are not as strong as usual and seem a bit forced.

As usual, the “blank bits” between the curly brackets will give you the solution if you highlight it.

I would also welcome your comments, plaudits or brickbats below..

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DT 25930 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25930 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another mixed bag of a Saturday puzzle for me. The grid is rather perverse. Combining 14-letter answers with the two 15-letter acrosses is a nice idea, but done a bit hamfistedly, making double unches (start of 7D, end of 17D), and although the 3 of 7 checking letters in these answers were uncommon enough to make these answers pretty clear, the double unches are not impressive. We also get four 5-letter answers with 2 letters checked, though again the checking letters for them are relatively helpful. The clues are generally good – I seem to be grumbling less than usual below – though the last one was disappointing.

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DT 25934

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25934

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is a good, solid puzzle with some nice surface readings. I always think that if you are amused by the first clue across, which was the case for me here, then you are pre-disposed to like the whole puzzle.

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DT 25933

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25933

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **** Enjoyment *

After last weeks enjoyable puzzle we come down to earth with this one.  You can make up your own mind what you think of it as my opinion is unprintable.

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DT 25932

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25932

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Once more we have an excellent Tuesday puzzle with some very entertaining surface readings. The layout of the grid encourages you to solve one corner at a time, and I was proceeding quite well until I reached the South-East corner which held me up for a while.
Can I point out to new readers (and to regular readers who have not yet read Big Dave’s FAQ!) that the curly brackets associated with each clue are not just there for artistic embellishment – the answer is hidden inside them, and if my hints are insufficient to give you the answer you can reveal it by selecting the space inside the brackets.

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DT 25924 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25924

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Given a 4-star difficulty rating mainly bcause it took me a long time to be sure of 9A, so the total time was about double my average for this puzzle. One of those rather odd grids that’s perfectly OK apart from the over-unched 5-letter words, but includes a whopping 16 7-letter answers, and only three other word-lengths. It’s easy to see changes that would both increase the variety of answer lengths and fix the under-unching.

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DT 25928

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25928

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too obscure or contentious today – what we have is a straightforward puzzle which should not frustrate regular solvers for very long, but which contains some entertaining clues.

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