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DT 26011

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26011

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

This is an easy puzzle, which should leave you plenty of time to tackle today’s Toughie from Cephas, our regular Saturday setter.  This week there is no surfeit of cryptic definitions, but you do find yourself expecting that if it isn’t an anagram then it might be a hidden word!

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DT 26005

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26005

Let’s all play charades

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

If you enjoy playing charades, then this is the puzzle for you.  For the rest of us it was an average puzzle apart from the one or two new words.

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DT 25999

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25999

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This enjoyable puzzle is only spoilt a little by the dodgy anagram indicators.

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DT 25993

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25993

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This is turning out to be  “New Solvers Week” as we are presented with another relatively easy puzzle.  It’s on days like this that you get the full benefits of retirement – torrential rain and no need to go outside!

Two years ago this month I was returning home on a Friday evening and only got as far as Moreton-in-the-Marsh, where the High Street had turned into a river.  I spent the night in a pub (things could have been a lot worse!) and finally managed to reach Hanley Swan on Saturday evening.

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DT 25987

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25987

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Even the seasoned pros amongst you will find this difficult!  A very enjoyable puzzle, but some of the clues are a bit convoluted.

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DT 25981

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25981

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

While the same setters appear to be used for the other days of the week, there is little doubt that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are being rotated.  This puzzle was very enjoyable, and far better than the one a week ago.  If I’m correct in guessing then this is one of my favourite setters, and an old friend may pay a visit later!

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DT 25975

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25975

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

I found this to be a disapppointing puzzle.  There was little of merit, and the overuse of initial and final letter constructs that failed to contribute to the surface reading was irritating.

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DT 25957

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25957

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

What a good week this is turning out to be.  Today we have a first class puzzle with some of the best surface reading that I have seen in a daily cryptic for some time.  One or two minor quibbles where that surface reading gets in the way of the accuracy of the clue, but when you get quality like this who cares!

Following recent discussions on the difficulty rating I have increased this from two stars to three to compensate for clues like 18 down which, while making us oldies smile, will no doubt cause problems for the younger solvers

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