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ST 2482 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2482 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Sunday puzzles always used to be predictably bad, full of awkward constructs – now they are predictably good!

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, 7th May.

Some hints to get you started:

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ST Cryptic No 2481 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2481 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

It looks like this change in style is here to stay.  Once again we have a puzzle where the level of enjoyment is disproportionately higher than the difficulty.

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, 30th April.

Some hints to get you started:

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ST Cryptic No 2480 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2480 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

For me,this was the most enjoyable Sunday puzzle in a long time.  It was also proof that a puzzle doesn’t have to be fiendishly difficult to give satisfaction.  Yes, it has one place name, but that place is both very well-known and uniquely defined by the wordplay.

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, 23rd April.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2480 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2479 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2479 – Hints

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A little easier this week – on a par with the average daily puzzle.

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, 16th April.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2479 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2478 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2478 – Hints

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

Another excellent Sunday puzzle, although I had to coax each answer out!.

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, 9th April.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2478 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

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

I now look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and this one didn’t disappoint.

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,  2nd April.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2477 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2476 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2476

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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.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2476 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2475 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2475

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

The Sunday puzzle really does seem to be changing – this one is a bit easier than those of recent weeks, but still enjoyable.

The Mine is getting still deeper – Musical Terms being the latest addition.

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 19th.

Some hints to get you started:  Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2475 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2474 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2474

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

The second Sunday in a row that I have enjoyed the puzzle – things are looking up.  Only one minor grumble – the top right and bottom left corners of the grid are a bit isolated from the rest.

As Spring is fast approaching, I have changed the header picture once more.  The intention is to show the same view for the current month of the year – those for January and February are still in the Gallery, along with a few new pictures.  The large van in the centre of the picture is the Mobile Library – a lifeline for Mrs BD.

Some of you may have noticed that The Mine is growing too – Popes and Antipopes are among the new additions.  Later today, following one of the clues in today’s General Knowledge puzzle, I intend to add the Hebrew / Jewish calendar.

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 12th.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2474 – Hints”

ST Cryptic No 2473 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2473

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

At last, a Sunday puzzle that didn’t leave me feeling disappointed.  Only one clue where I was  less than 100% sure of the wordplay, which is pretty good for me on a Sunday.

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 5th.

Some hints to get you started: Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2473 – Hints”