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EV 1481 (Hints)

-V 1481: M-nd — — by -r–x

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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The Numpties can make no preliminary comments on the compiler this week as the solver has to spend a few amusing minutes working out who he or she is and sorting out what the solver is required to do.… Continue reading

ST 3102 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3102 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Easter Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Monday, at 3:00 pm, we were enjoying a balmy and record high temperature, for the date, of plus 19 degrees when 24 hours of what is euphemistically called Active Spring Weather arrived – high winds up to 90 km/hr, snow, and, on Tuesday, at 3:00 pm, a high temperature of minus 7 degrees!… Continue reading

MPP – 107

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Apr 2021)

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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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 (17th April 2021).

Continue reading “MPP – 107”

Toughie 2620

Toughie No 2620 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This setter often has a Nina or a little grid feature of some kind. There seems to be something going on with the starts of words (rows 1,3,13,15).… Continue reading

DT 29639

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29639

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a chilly Good Friday morning.

The crossing pair at 10a and 1d, both of which seemed to me to be a little stretched as definitions, gave me a certain amount of trouble and were last in, taking me into *** territory, but otherwise this seemed to be a fairly typical Friday puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29634

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29634

A full review by Big Dave

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This puzzle was published on 27th March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gnomey is inundated with (fee-paying) work, so I will be sharing this slot with crypticsue for the foreseeable future in order to give him a break. Continue reading “DT 29634”