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DT 29338

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29338

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve had a couple of very windy cold days lately. We were even persuaded that it was time to light the wood-burner last evening – the first for the season but suspect that it will become the norm from now on.… Continue reading

DT 29337

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29337

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another locked-down Tuesday.  I found that filling the grid today took about the time that's become average for Tuesdays, but that parsing everything took a little longer than usual.  There were a few clues where I had to scratch my head and ponder whether the wordplay was quite legal or if the clue was a double definition or something else.  There are two setters I'm aware of that sometimes do that to me, and so I wonder if today's compiler is one of them.  Of course the only way we'll know is if they comment below ...  Continue reading "DT 29337"

DT 29336

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29336

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where pommers is getting a bit “stir crazy”.  We had the flood last year and now we have the plague so I fully expect we’ll have a plague of locusts later in the summer.  Biblical or what?

Today’s crossword was one I found about average for both difficulty and fun factor so ***/*** seems about right.  There’s some tricky bits and some gimmes and only three clues involving anagrams so I’ll be interested to see what you all made of it. Continue reading “DT 29336”

DT 29335

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29335
The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.  BD


Greetings from Lockdown Central in Warrington.  It’s the Bank Holiday weekend and I guess this is probably going to be the hardest period of the lockdown.  I hope you are all coping well and staying infection-free.  I have been out of my flat twice in the last seven days; once for leg dressings with my nurse and the other for a click and collect shop that I’d booked almost four weeks ago! Continue reading “DT 29335”

DT 29334

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29334

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Good morning from South Staffs this sunny Good Friday. Lent may be nearly over, but the purgatory of lockdown continues across the world. It’s bizarre following the church services on YouTube, but a sad necessity.… Continue reading

DT 29333

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29333

Hints and tips by Nicholas Nickleby

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Green Man Towers. Life on lockdown is quite the ticket. Village life goes on at a distance. Mrs Owen has too many tomato plants. Help yourselves from the wall outside her house. If you want eggs, we will leave them on the bench at the front of the pub. It is still eerily quiet which I like. I don’t miss the aeroplanes flying into Birmingham, but I do miss the grandchildren who are doing their best but are suffering from cabin fever. Their parents are also doing their best to stay safe and to amuse and educate in difficult circumstances. Ah well. Troubled times. Continue reading “DT 29333”

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29332

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

In New Zealand we have now been in full lockdown for two weeks. The good news coming out is that the number of new cases each day is starting to decline even though many more tests are now being taken.… Continue reading

DT 29331

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29331

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another two-star Tuesday.  I found today's offering to be an enjoyable crossword featuring many smooth and amusing surfaces.  I have just noticed that the Monday setter commented on yesterday's blog.  Perhaps today's setter could continue that new tradition?  We'd all appreciate it. Continue reading "DT 29331"

DT 29330

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29330

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***


My apologies for the late release of the review today. For some reason unbeknownst to me, the review did not publish automatically as scheduled this morning and I had to go in and give it a nudge to wake it up.Continue reading

DT 29329

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29329
The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.  BD


Good morning from a sunny Warrington.

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