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Toughie 2367

Toughie No 2367 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

In some ways I was quite pleased to get a gentle puzzle today as I’m recovering from a severe bout of manflu. However, I suspect that those wanting a ‘proper Toughie’ will have found that this one didn’t really cut the mustard.… Continue reading

DT 29260

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29260

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Flying solo this week.

A beautiful fine summer day and the extended forecast suggests that it will stay this way for quite some time. Hope they have got it right.

Jay has supplied the goods once again.

 Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.… Continue reading

Toughie 2366

Toughie No 2366 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Measured as a Toughie, I found this to be fairly easy. Less experienced solvers may think differently if they haven’t previously seen constructs like shopper = one who shops or betrays (13a), near meaning tight or miserly (1d), and splitting the answer to 9d as (3-11). Continue reading “Toughie 2366”

DT 29259

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29259

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today's fun puzzle brought to mind that "puzzle of two halves" cliché.  The top opened up nicely, suggesting that perfection might be attainable, but then the bottom put up some resistance and it took sustained effort to get that filled.  That thought made me wonder where the original "game of two halves" cliché originated.  The best that the internet can offer is that it originates in 1980s football commentary, but that its creator remains a mystery.  Anybody know who was responsible for it? The Google Ngram viewer agrees with the internet, with its data showing appearances in print of the phrase taking off from the early 1980s.  There is also a flurry of appearances around 1940.  I wonder what that was about?  Continue reading "DT 29259"

DT 29258

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29258

Hints and tips by Jess Oakroyd

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very wet downtown LI. Where nothing has happened to disturb the peace. The river rose up and burst its banks but politely went back down again quite quickly. Your reviewer binged out on the weekend’s rugby matches while Saint Sharon fed 37 members of The Napton Golf Society a three-course dinner. Best keep out of the way I thought. So I did. Continue reading “DT 29258”

ST 3038 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3038 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!… Continue reading

DT 29257 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Continue reading “DT 29257 (Hints)”

Toughie 2635

Toughie No 2365 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

If you are wondering about the significance of the perimeter Nina, think about that pub game featuring a 2d and remember that this is Elgar’s 140th Telegraph Toughie.… Continue reading