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Toughie 2334

Toughie No 2334 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Devious, clever and fun! A precise set of cryptic clues from Osmosis which require careful inspection, providing a very rewarding solve. And we have a pangram, of course.… Continue reading

DT 29209

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29209

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, grey morning, where at least the rain has paused for the moment. I hope that our readers have managed to stay safe and above water.… Continue reading

DT 29204

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29204

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 9th November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A Saturday puzzle with a reasonable mix of clue types

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2333

Toughie No 2333 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This very enjoyable puzzle was just about completed in average time but I gave it an extra half-star to allow for the cogitation needed to finish working out the wordplay. It was good that there was only one obscurity in it (the soul in 5 down). I’m assuming that you’re all familiar with the American rapper. Continue reading “Toughie 2333”

DT 29208

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29208

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. I’m fairly sure that this crossword is by proXimal if only because, apart from the ‘X’, it’s a pangram and that’s his trademark. I found it tricky in places but maybe not quite as much as some of his.… Continue reading

ST 3028

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 3rd October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I found this a thoroughly fun puzzle to solve in a 2 star time and feel that Mr Halpern is consistently hitting the spot in the Sunday spot after (as I recall) some howls of protest at the start. Thanks to him for maintaining a style and level that appeals as the Sunday puzzle did under the previous auspices of Mr Greer. Continue reading “ST 3028”

Toughie 2332

Toughie No 2332 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very pleasant puzzle which didn’t pose too many difficulties – thanks to Donnybrook.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 29207

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29207

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Over the last few days we have missed some of our regular beach walks because of various routine dental and medical appointments. Far less interesting to write about in the preamble so we’ll move straight on to today’s Jay puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2331

Toughie No 2331 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I guess there are no rules as to what distinguishes a Toughie from a back-page puzzle, but Giovanni seems to think that it means plumbing the depths of the BRB for obscure words and meanings. As far as I am concerned this makes for a very dull puzzle, others may have a different opinion. Continue reading “Toughie 2331”

DT 29206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29206

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I thought today’s puzzle was just excellent.  It’s filled with original constructions and penny drops that produced a succession of smiles, and that’s all combined with some very smooth surface readings.  I have my suspicions about the setter – perhaps he’ll comment later to confirm that it’s one of his?  Continue reading "DT 29206"