Category Archives: Tuesday

Currently Tuesday does not appear to have a regular setter, although Shamus usually features on alternate weeks. Until Autumn 2010 the other slot featured Ray T most of the time.

DT 27703

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27703

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I think the seasoned withered old veterans of the cryptic world will find this a breeze. Less experienced solvers should get there with perseverance. The clueing is altogether fair and the checking letters assist throughout.… Read More

DT 27697

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27697

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I don’t really subscribe to the current theory on the blog that back-page puzzles have got harder since 1st January but I have to concede that this one seems to me to be above average in terms of difficulty with some quite complicated wordplay (so I’ve given it four *).… Read More

DT 27691

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27691

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There is a literary flavour to today’s puzzle with two novelists and a novel featuring in the answers. I started off at a rate of knots but slowed down in the SE corner and needed all the checkers for what I thought was the trickiest clue, 21d.… Read More

DT 27685

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27685

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I didn’t enjoy this one a great deal – quite a few of the surfaces seemed clunky and didn’t make much sense and some of the definitions seemed a bit off.… Read More

DT 27680

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27680

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

We have a fairly run-of-the-mill puzzle today with nothing that really stood out for me. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

DT 27674

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27674

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s always good practice for a setter to get his or her best clue in early because it gives the solver a warm feeling for the rest of the puzzle.… Read More

DT 27668

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27668

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As is usual for Tuesdays there is nothing too scary in today’s puzzle. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

DT 27662

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27662

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Today’s Mr Ron (I have an idea who he is) has given us a more substantial puzzle than we had last Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

DT 27656

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27656

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I can’t believe that there’ll be much need for the blog today – I found this the easiest back-pager for some time with several old chestnuts. The grid does look as if it should have a Nina running round the outside and I thought we might have one when I saw the word climbing the right-hand column but that was as far as it went.… Read More

DT 27650

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27650

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Today’s offering is characterised by three things – the grid has four pretty distinct puzzles, there are quite a few anagrams (nine by my count) and there are lots of cryptic definitions (several of them rather weak, in my opinion).… Read More