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EV 1492 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1492 (Hints)

PTO by Charybdis

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Charybdis has been setting crosswords for over twenty years for all the outlets for thematic cryptic crosswords so certainly needs no introduction. We have come to expect completely fair clues and a challenging endgame from such an experienced setter and this crossword gave us just that.… Continue reading

ST 3113 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3113 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Province’s reopening plan could be under threat from the Delta variant – it seems that I have heard of that happening elsewhere.

Keep staying safe everyone.… Continue reading

DT 29706 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29706 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from an overcast Warrington where the weather really doesn’t know what to do. Thanks to Senf for covering last Saturday while I was moving house. All is now settled and I am reunited with the terrible twosome, Dexter the cat, and Lexie the dog. Dexter is currently about three feet from me dozing on the other keyboard. So, this morning’s blog is courtesy of my laptop, so apologies in advance for any typos, as the screen is so small! Continue reading “DT 29706 (Hints)”

EV 1491 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1491 (Hints)

Pioneer by Wickball

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that this is Wickball’s sixth thematic cryptic crossword. He has set for the Inquisitor and Enigmatic Variations series. Continue reading “EV 1491 (Hints)”

ST 3112 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3112 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Province has come up with a somewhat innovative three stage reopening plan.  We have three holidays coming up – Canada Day (July 1), August ‘Long’ (August 3), and Labour Day (September 6) – three levels of gradual reopening will occur on those holidays provided three levels of (increasing) vaccination rates for both first and second doses are met. … Continue reading

DT 29700 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29700 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Senf

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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours.  Last Saturday, Tilsit told us he was moving house this week and, as part of that, he has not yet been able to get ‘reconnected,’ so I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.… Continue reading

EV 1490 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1490 (Hints)

BORICAHF by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Piccadilly has been setting EV puzzles for over a quarter of a century and, of course, we meet him in the Listener series, but this one is a new departure for most EV solvers. Continue reading “EV 1490 (Hints)”

ST 3111 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3111 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we hit the start of meteorological summer at full speed with 36 degrees on Friday and 35 degrees yesterday. 

What  a delight it was to see Kath commenting on Wednesday. … Continue reading

DT 29694 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29694 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from Warrington, where there’s not a cloud in the sky and the birds are fighting over the birdbath in the garden in my view. It’s the last weekend for me in my teeny tiny flat as I am moving back to the other side of town next week and reuniting with Dexter the Cat and Lexie the Dog, notwithstanding nervous breakdowns. Continue reading “DT 29694 (Hints)”

EV 1489 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1489 (Hints)

Dating Agency by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor is familiar to Listener, Magpie, IQ and EV solvers. You can be sure of a challenge wirh fairly difficult clues and an endgame that will be theme-packed and substantial. Continue reading “EV 1489 (Hints)”