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Toughie 2594

Toughie No 2594 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was a proper midweek Toughie which I enjoyed. Thanks to Giovanni.

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

DT 29606 (2021-02-17)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29606

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a quick blog for the puzzle which appeared in today’s (Wednesday 17th) newspaper, apparently because of a technical error. Continue reading “DT 29606 (2021-02-17)”

DT 29601

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29601

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last weekend it was detected that some sneaky Covid 19 greeblies had managed to get through our strict border controls. The country immediately went into lockdown. Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country.… Continue reading

ST 3094

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3094

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th February 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable Sunday puzzle, full of anagrams, insertions and reversals, with a slight theme of expressions of surprise, not to mention the first of several appearances in Crosswordland of the Tibetan in 1a!… Continue reading

Toughie 2593

Toughie No 2593 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me 

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment ***

It is always a pleasure to solve a puzzle form Chalicea. Reviewing the puzzle doubles that pleasure. I’ll stop now before I’m accused of using the type of flattery alluded to in 26 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2593”

DT 29600

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29600

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone. I felt today's offering was a step up in both difficulty and enjoyment. I finished the grid fill with a couple of answers still to be parsed, and both turned out to be fine examples of disguise and misdirection rather than complexity or obscurity. Just as it should be on a Tuesday. I'd be happy to blog more puzzles like this one. I do admire the willpower of compilers who are able to read all the comments on these pages about their handiwork and then say nothing in response. I hope that today's setter isn't like that. Continue reading "DT 29600"

DT 29599

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29599

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where the situation is beginning to look somewhat more positive. Weatherwise, we have been experiencing a run of extremely cold temperatures — but, thankfully, no where near the brutal conditions being faced by Senf further to the west.… Continue reading

EV 1474 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1474

The Mover and the Lover by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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There is no need to introduce Ifor to EV solvers who know that his crosswords can be challenging in the Listener, Inquisitor, Magpie and EV series, with intricate wordplay but also with very rewarding endgames. This one will certainly raise a St Valentine’s Day smile.
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