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ST 3020 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3020 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are seeing definite signs of the approaching Autumn – the leaves are beginning to change colour and I had the car heater on for most of the week.… Continue reading >

DT 29150 (Hints) ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29150 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Today there is good news and bad news.  The good news is that, as well as a new MPP, we have a superb NTSPP to celebrate the 500th puzzle in the series – this puzzle has been put together by Prolixic with the help of 27 other setters, many of whom have been published in the National press.  The bad news, well I’ll leave you to work that one out!

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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MPP – 088 ~ Posted on

Monthly Prize Puzzle (September 2019)

Hail Caesar! by Prolixic

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (21st September 2019).

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Toughie 2294 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2294 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 135th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, that is the basis for a theme. I got carried away with a cricket theme, dangerous as I know nothing of cricket – I was thinking 135 was the unbeaten number of runs by 23a Stokes, and I had plucked, I thought, a convincing number of cricketers from the grid.Continue reading >

DT 29149 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29149

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a grey and windy South Staffs.

I found today’s Giovanni quite tricky, with 3d and 6d the last two in. I knew I was looking for an anagram in 3d, but took a long time to get to the answer.… Continue reading >

DT 29144 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 31st August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday Prize Puzzle just like we used to get – this one a not difficult but enjoyable pangram – although the repetition radar did bleep in a couple of places, this didn’t spoil the solving enjoyment at all as I only noticed when typing the review

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Toughie 2293 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2293 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Yet another Thursday Hudson puzzle and this one was extremely disappointing from the difficulty point of view because all the answers went in very quickly with only 30 across needing any real thought. There seemed to be a lot of single letters used in the wordplay Continue reading “Toughie 2293”

DT 29148 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29148

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is continuing, although the forecast for the next few days looks a bit iffy.  Still it’s pretty hot and sunny and the moment so I’m not complaining.  I’m not sure what to make of this puzzle.  I got eight of the acrosses and ten of the downs on first pass but of those eighteen answers fifteen of them went in the right hand side, which was completely full, but the left hand side was nearly empty.  The remaining answers put up something of a fight before revealing themselves so it’s ** for the right and **** for the left so *** on average.  I don’t know who the setter is but whoever it is has a liking for charades and thinking up original anagram indicators.  I enjoyed the tussle and had a few good penny drop moments.
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