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Updated 1st January 2018


  1. Peter O'Sullivan
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m currently a digital subscriber to the Telegraph and do , or try to complete the cryptic crossword. What is the best means of accessing the “toughie” crossword please?

    • Posted January 1, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog Peter

      I believe that currently the Toughie puzzles only come with the puzzles subscription.

  2. JennieT
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    My first post after using BD for several years. Not strictly DT but can anyone help with a question from today’s Guardian Letters. How does the clue ??? lead to the answer ‘amanuensis’?

    I am flummoxed.

    • crypticsue
      Posted January 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Welcome back

      We don’t normally answer questions on crosswords in other places but if you look here you’ll see that there was a great deal of discussion about this clue but no-one yet has come up with the definitive answer to the question – and the setter and editor haven’t turned up either to say what it is all about

      On Edit
      Apparently the online version of Monday’s crossword now has an amendment

      “The preamble says: Special instructions: 11 January 2018: the clue for 6 down was originally left out by mistake

      and the clue for AMANUENSIS is:

      Scribe has last word about a new university attended by relative”

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