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  1. mary
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Just like to say thanks and well done to Gnomey and Sue who regularly write the reviews for the prize weekend crosswords, well done you two :-D

  2. mary
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    What an exciting day, a new blogger, now who will it be??? Is it external maybe? andddddd will we reach 5,000,000??? and at what time My guess is around 6.30 ish, hopefully the blog will be up before I have to leave for art at 11.30 if not see you all later :-) Good luck and welcome to the new blogger

    • mary
      Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      ps enjoyed todays puzzle :-)

  3. mary
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Hooray the banner’s gone :-)

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Not on Firefox it hasn’t!

    • Franco
      Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Not on Google Chrome either!

  4. Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I don’t want to sound churlish but are we not having a toughie review today?

    • Posted January 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      It’s on its way – ask here if you have any urgent queries.

  5. Jezza
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    May I ask if I am correct in my interpretation of a clue in a DT puzzle?

    Rash to show up giving support to king in ancient city (9)
    I have (R) for king, UTICA for the city,followed by a reversal of a 3-letter synonym for ‘to show’.

    It’s a prize puzzle for this week, so I have not typed the full answer.

    • gazza
      Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      It works for me (as long as it’s a Down clue).

      • Jezza
        Posted January 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza – yes, it’s a Down clue.
        Not the ancient city I would expect to see in a DT cryptic.

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      That was my take on it Jezza. Agree a bit of an obscure old city!
      R inserted in UTICA followed bty the reversal of ‘show’.

      I quite like these online prize puzzles. Not usually too hard but nearly always with one obscure clue – that was today’s (both the rash and the old city took me to Wiki)! I’d volunteer to do a review of them each week but pommette would kill me (hope she doesn’t read this!).

      • gazza
        Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        I’ve just had a look at the puzzle, intrigued by Jezza’s clue. As you say, Pommers, all very straightforward except for the one clue. I wonder who sets them.

        • Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

          No idea who the setter is and I think it changes because there are some distinct stypes which show up every now and then. I’ve been doing them for about 9 months now as they come out on Monday’s when there’s no Toughie. Gives me something to do over breakfast (along with the Grauniad Quiptic) as the normal DT back pager has to wait until lunch to share with pommette. As I said, they’re always fairly benign, as this one, but usually with a little sting in the tail! Bit of fun anyway and you never know – you might win £50!

          • Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

            Sorry, meant styles not stypes but you’ve probably worked that out – see other comment about 3/4 size keyboards etc!

  6. Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Am I cracking up or was there a comment from CS here a FEW MINUTEAS AGO?

    • crypticsue
      Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      No I was cracking up so I took it away again!

      • Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

        Ah, you have more power than me! I can only do that on blogs I’ve authored!

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Sorry about the Caps in that comment! I’ll never ever get used to the 3/4 size netbook keyboard which don’t work well with short fat hairy fingers! :grin:

  7. mary
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Splutter, splutter!!!! collapses in a heap

    • Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Hang on tight, help will soon be at hand!

  8. melodie
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    glad about that not doing too well !!

    • Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Melodie

  9. mary
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Last comment then will wait patiently, honest, surely 9a, is a no no! The object of a crossword, surely is to put letters in the squares not numbers!!!

    • Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      I’ve already published the acrosses! The number is inserted as a Roman numeral.

  10. Sharyn
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    First of all new to your site and would like to say thanks. Only use your tips when completely stuck. Like to look at clues even when I’ve done it. Sometimes put answers in when not absolutely sure why!! Again your clues help. Your comment today 15th Feb for 27A about online dictionaries – I like OneLook which also has a reverse definition is really useful and does have rigger as someone who works on oil rig. Thanks again

    • Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Sharyn

      I’ve listed a few websites in the Crossword Guide

    • Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sharyn and welcome from me too.

      Please comment again now you’ve ‘come out’, we’d be glad to hear from you. Your first comment would just have to be about the one I got wrong :oops: – is that what they call sod’s law? Happens fairly regularly but not usually as spectacularly wrong as today :grin: (Note to self – must do better!)

  11. Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Can any onr help me parse this clue?

    Dance enthusiast going round with energy (8)

    The answer’s FANDANGO. FAN = enthusiast and GO = energy, but I can’t see where the middle DAN comes from unless it’s a secondary anagram. WITH = AND anagramed (going round).

    Or am I being a bit thick here?

    • mary
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      where does the ‘going round’ fit in pommers

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        i think its fan going round ‘and’ with go?

        • mary
          Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

          ‘and’ being with, so it’s enthusiast – fan, going round ‘with’ – and , then ‘go’

    • gazza
      Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Its FAN around AND (with) + GO (energy). FAN is letters 1,5,6.

      • mary
        Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

        why couldn’t I say it that simply !!

      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        D’oh! Knew I shouldn’t have tried to finish that Myops Toughie first!

        I hereby resign from blogging (not) :lol:

  12. mary
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Morning all, hopefully have time for the crossword later, its a day of soccer, got to watch no 3 grandson this morning playing Port Talbot in the under 12s, then the final this afternoon, hopefully its not too hard and I can do it in between! Laters :-D

  13. mary
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Ooh it’s a day for a few quibbles today :-) , unfortunately out most of the day :-D , be interesting to see if anyone else put what I did for 7d, see you later

    • Posted March 11, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      I can see no quibbles in today’s excellent puzzle – you’re getting too fussy!

      The hints are now published.

  14. pommette
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Evening Peeps. I am doing a quiz for charity that is all DITLOIDS. There are a 100 of the little rascals and I now have all but 5.
    A few examples to get you into the swing of it are as follows:
    20 20 V = 20 20 vision
    168 H I A W = 168 hours in a week
    260 C I A M B = 260 calories in a Mars Bar
    P 23 – T L I M S = Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd

    So as you can see wide and varied. These are the 5 that me & pommers have ground to a halt on They all have numbers in.

    0T . . . it’s a zero at the beginning
    TANOOI8 . . . all letters apart from the 8 at the end
    21 – MATDAB
    22 M – GPOTAE
    603 MFLETJOG

    PS a DITLOID comes from 1DITLOID = 1 Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
    which was supposedly where it all started.

    • Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

      Like the new avatar :lol:

      Any help gratefully accepted. There’s no money involved so we can’t split the spoils unfortunately but it would be nice to crack them.

    • MYOPS
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      zero tolerance?
      gestation period of the average/African elephant

      • MYOPS
        Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

        the atomic number of oxygen

    • gazza
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

      603 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats

    • gazza
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      21 – Minimum Age to Drive a Bus ?

    • Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Oh Peeps – you are so good – and kind! I’d spent a few hours cogitating over these and could just not see them! Thank you so much.

      I’ve found another one that I hadn’t done thoug so here it is T A 1 R F L T E

      If anyone would actually like a copy of the quiz it is just £1 each. You can pay via the Just Giving Site.
      My friend is doing a trek in Nepal for charity so every £1 helps

      PS Also worked out how to log in again to WordPress so I have my furry girl back!

      • gazza
        Posted March 20, 2012 at 7:44 am | Permalink

        The A1 runs/road from London to Edinburgh

        • Jezza
          Posted March 20, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

          Blimey gazza – impressed!

        • Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

          Nice one Gazza! I too am impressed!

          Pommette sends her thanks again and will no doubt do so in person. We had no internet yesterday, I think possibly due to having 3 inches of rain in 12 hours – that’s a hell of a lot of water!

        • Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

          And thanks from me to. I’m finally back on line. 2 days without email and internet is just too much for a girl. Add to that a whole day sorting out yet more issues at our apartment complex meant I’ve been away for 3 days! Definite withdrawal symptoms.

  15. mary
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Have to go out again hopefully be back earlier today, have done crossword. see u later :-)

  16. Ttorria
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi, i am doing a charity quiz on ditloids and am really stuck on a couple, was wondering if i could get some help. I don’t win anything if i win, just would like to know the answers. The ones i’m stuck on are:
    1. T 3 D
    2. 3 S Y A 10
    3. H M B M 5
    4. 7 P I A Q T
    5. T R N F 10 I X
    6. Y S F 10
    7. J C C B I 54 B C

    Thanks in advance

    • Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      They’re definitely not something that interests me, but if anyone wants to help they are welcome.

    • gazza
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      4. 7 players in a Quidditch team
      7. Julius Caesar conquered Britain in 54 BC

    • franco
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Ditloids? What’s that stand for?

      No 7: Julius Caesar Conquered Britain in 54 BC.

      • Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

        Apparently it comes from an early clue: 1 = DitLoID ≡ 1 Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    • gazza
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      6. Your starter for ten

    • gazza
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      1. The three degrees ?

    • franco
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      3. How many beans make five?

    • gazza
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      5 The Roman numeral for 10 is X

    • gazza
      Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      2. 3 score years and ten

  17. Posted April 13, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Hey, this was our first time doing a Daily Telegraph Crossword, we want to thank you for the amazing clues and answers(…)!!

    Cheers from HK :)
    Charing & Felicia

  18. Jezza
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Today’s toughie – 758; is this the one that was printed in error a while back? It seems to be different to the one reviewed following Tilsit’s link.
    The one I have just printed off starts with: 1a Low rugby kick, dislodging head protection (6)

    • Prolixic
      Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Your one is the version that appears in the paper set by Ozymandias.

      Earlier today the link to the Toughie on-line took you to the Osmosis crossword that was published early.

      • Jezza
        Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

        Thanks Prolixic. When I looked last night, the toughie setter was showing as Osmosis (that has now been changed). It is also currently showing as 0 plays.

  19. Howard
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Hi, I am new to the cryptic crossword community and struggled for a couple of weeks until I hit on this site. I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for all the effort that goes into it, I am now getting a little better, although it can be a bit disheartening when I pore over a puzzle for 4 hours before checking my answers only to be told it was ‘easy’!!! Oh well, I’ll get there eventually…. : ) Thanks again

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      Welcome Howard. Don’t get disheartened by people saying it is easy. We didn’t find them easy when we started either. And I started solving long before the web had been invented so had no helpful blogs like this one to assist me. I am sure ‘eventually’ will come sooner than you think.

    • mary
      Posted April 23, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Howard, I have been doing these for almost three years now and have with the help of this marvellous blog and the people on it improved more than I ever thought possible, it used to take me all day on and off to finish one with all the books and machines and help going, I still need these most days but on a few occasions now have been known to finish ‘unaided’ (not more than half a dozen in three years!) keep ‘perservating’ as I have done and keep popping in to chat, everyone is very helpful and encouraging :-D

  20. Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    We seem to be having a few negative comments recently. Now, if you don’t like a puzzle or a clue I’ve no problem with that, as we all have our own opinions, but you should remember that a lot (or all?) of the setters read these comments so just saying the thing is crap isn’t very helpful, merely insulting to someone who’s put a lot of effort into creating the puzzle. Please, if you’re going to say it’s bad (in your opinion), say why you think that – it may help the setter to do something more to your taste next time.