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DT 28480

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28480

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 15th July

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

Morning All! I found this a good test on the day with some very nice and decieving clues. … Read More

Toughie 1850

Toughie No 1850 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I was delighted to discover that it was a Micawber day because it’s over a year since I last had the pleasure of blogging one of his puzzles.… Read More

ST 2907

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2907

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 9thd July

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Thank you to Virgilius for another fine Sunday puzzle, my favourite clue was 13a

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. … Read More

DT 28484

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28484

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where we have endured an incredibly wet spring and summer to date. However, we may have finally turned the corner and hopefully dryer weather is ahead.… Read More

Toughie 1849

Toughie No 1849 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Petitjean continues to entertain us with no hint that the store of puzzles he left for us is coming to an end – long may they continue. There are a couple of sporting references which may cause problems for some but I found this one fairly gentle.… Read More

DT 28483

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28483

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday Blog which I have the privilege of doing whilst our 2Ks are on holiday. This is a lovely puzzle as you would expect from Jay, although it is at the very easy end of his difficulty spectrum.… Read More

Toughie 1848

Toughie No 1848 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi, and welcome all to another Tuesday Toughie.

The note by the puzzle in today’s dead tree edition of the puzzle reads, “Congratulations to today’s compiler on her 100th Toughie.”  A note from BD informs me that this is only her 98th, and our count from the list of compilers on the Telegraph website agrees. … Read More

DT 28482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28482

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and welcome.  Thanks to BD for standing in last week when travel took me out of internet range for several days.  I’ve now had a chance to solve last Tuesday’s puzzle and, like many of you, I wondered what it was doing in that slot.  I would have given it at least four stars for difficulty.  On the other hand, there were several great clues so I’d be happy to see another puzzle from that setter if it came with a sprinkling of easier entries.  Today, I’d say that we’re back to normal Tuesday levels of difficulty.  I found this puzzle a curious mix of clues so simple that I wondered if I was missing something and of complex clues so original and so enjoyable that they generated very big smiles.  I did wonder if the setter has been paying attention to recent discussions of solver demographics because pensioners and senior citizens both make appearances in the clues, and we also have a song that became popular decades before I was born.  Or perhaps, like many seemingly unlikely crossword coincidences, it really is all just a coincidence.… Read More

DT 28481

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28481

Hints and tips by an over-the-moon Miffypops

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Thank you to Rufus for today’s chance to solve a cryptic puzzle. Congratulations to both Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s winners at Wimbledon this weekend. The smiles of the Ladies’ winner were the highlight of the weekend

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Rookie Corner – 171

A Puzzle by Shabbo

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