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Toughie 3271

Toughie No 3271 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus has given us a very entertaining pangram. Thanks to him.

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DT30615

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,615
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

 

I found this tricky in parts, with lots of word building which kept me on my toes.  This is definitely not the work of RayT, so over to you, dear reader, to hazard a guess at who our compiler is today.… Continue reading

DT 30613

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30613
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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Not Quickie Pun required but distinctly cooler & depressingly soggy here in Harpenden today. Hopefully it will have all moved away by tomorrow & I’ll get a game of golf in now that I’ve been reunited with my sticks.… Continue reading

Toughie 3267

Toughie No 3267 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I had a bit of a shock this morning. The method that I’ve used to paste the clues seamlessly from the Puzzles site into my Word document for the last 15 years doesn’t work with the new site; that resulted in a lot of fiddling about and swearing. So, if you find any typos in the clues here it’s down to me.

Kcit has given us a puzzle containing his usual large ration of abbreviations and lots of letter deletions. On the plus side he’s been very sparing with the number of anagrams. Thanks to him.

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DT 30609

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,609
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Another glorious day here in Welwyn Garden City.  I hope the weather is equally good wherever you are.

Today we are treated to another lesson in brevity by Ray T, with an average clue length of a smidgeon over 5 words/clue. … Continue reading

DT 30607

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30607
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

The sun is shining gloriously here in Harpenden but still no sticks with which to spoil a good walk. They have arrived in Blighty but are currently in a Parcel Force depot in Acton having been slapped with a Border Force demand for £206 of import charges even though a cursory examination of the contents would have told them they were not newly purchased.… Continue reading

Toughie 3263

Toughie No 3263 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s Beam on duty today and he’s been pretty gentle with us. Thanks to him.

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DT 30603

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,603
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Grey and wet here in Hertfordshire this morning – perfect crosswording weather.  This puzzle took a bit of thought, with a couple of clues being slightly more difficult to parse, but, in retrospect, nothing really to frighten the horses.… Continue reading

DT 30601

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30601
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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Lovely & sunny here in Harpenden so more than a little frustrating that my sticks haven’t arrived yet. Still a good walk will be just as good.… Continue reading

Toughie 3259

Toughie No 3259 by Django
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Django for a very enjoyable puzzle. The only real difficulty I had was with 9a where I needed all the checking letters in place before I could work out where the other letters went.

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