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ST Cryptic No 2476 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2476

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

After a bit of light relief last Sunday, we are back with a hardish crossword.  However, the improvement in the Sunday  puzzles continues as there are no tenuous clues.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  March 26th.

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DT Cryptic No 25882 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25882

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too obscure this Saturday, just a good honest prize puzzle.  The usual few hints to get you started.

We will get Peter Biddlecombe’s view on this puzzle, and on the “cornery” grid that has been used, in his full review – to be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 26th March.

Next Monday a new reviewer joins the team.  Tilsit will already be known to avid followers of fifteensquared, and his credentials include answering questions on Crosswords, as his specialist subject, on Mastermind.

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Toughie No 115

Toughie No 115 by Campbell

A good mix of easy and hard clues for this Toughie

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

This was a pleasant enjoyable puzzle which was a little above the average difficulty for a Toughie .  The usual Toughie mix of familiar and unfamiliar words, with a smile or two along the way!

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DT Cryptic No 25881

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25881

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another enjoyable Friday crossword, a good mix of clue types, and complexity along with one new word for me.

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ST Cryptic No 2475 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2475 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

The Sunday puzzle has improved significantly over the last two or three weeks.  This one was not as difficult as some of the earlier ones due,  in part, to the noticeable lack of contentious clues.

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DT Cryptic No 25876 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25876 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **


For me, this was rather a disappointing puzzle. I’m not mad keen on the grid, with some 7-letter answers with only 3 letters checked, though some others have 5 checked letters. And like some other DT grids, it’s all short words – the longest entry is 9 letters. It does have a good side – the shortest answer is 6 letters so we get a day off from ERATO and tricky little 4-letter words.

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Toughie No 114

Toughie No 114 by Osmosis

Pleasant Toughie of average difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This was a pleasant enjoyable puzzle of average Toughie difficulty.  If you can do the regular Daily Cryptic then you ought to be able to do this one, but it will probably take a liitle longer.

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DT Cryptic No 25880

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25880

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing or obscure and a few nicely-worded clues – what more could you want for a Thursday?

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Toughie No 113

Toughie No 113 by Busman

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

As Toughies go this one is pretty easy (it’s an ideal one to start on if you’re dipping your toe in such waters for the first time; just don’t expect them all to be as easy as this!). That said, there are a few cleverly-worded and enjoyable clues amongst the easy ones, and a distinct lack of very obscure words, which is a major benefit in my opinion.

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DT Cryptic No 25879

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25879

A little bit harder but nothing you can’t do

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I found this one to be a little harder than usual, but on looking back at it I’m not sure why.  As has been said before, some days you are on the same wavelength as the setter, other days it just doesn’t happen.  Today for me was one of the latter.

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