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DT 29497

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29497

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating: Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on 17th October 2020

Morning All! I found this a very enjoyable puzzles with some great surface readings and good Cryptic Definitions. Continue reading “DT 29497”

DT 29501

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29501

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from sunny Barrel with sunshine all day according to Saint Sharon. I hope so because several days of rain are forecast from tomorrow. Continue reading “DT 29501”

Toughie 2527

Toughie No 2527 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

An enjoyable puzzle with a number of good clues of which 1a stood out for me. The Toughies are supposed to get harder as the week progresses but for me this was less tricky than yesterday’s puzzle so the system may have broken down this week – do you agree?… Continue reading

DT 29500

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29500

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand adopted an MMP voting system (Mixed Member Proportional) in 1996 and at every election since then our government has been a coalition of two or more parties. At these latest elections the party led by Jacinda Ardern has gained enough seats that they can form a government without the need for coalition partners.… Continue reading

ST 3077

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3077

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 11th October 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! A nice mix of clues here which didn’t take too long to solve.

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Toughie 2526

Toughie No 2526 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The days when you could guarantee an easy Toughie on a Tuesday seem well gone. This was of middling difficulty, with several long answers and some of what were, for me at least, obscurities (the aromatic plant, the design and the Indian state, although I had heard of the latter) and a sprinkling of General Knowledge. Continue reading “Toughie 2526”

DT 29499

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29499

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Except for the bits that weren't, I found today's puzzle straightforward.  My opinion of it went up as I wrote the hints and came to appreciate the nice surface readings of most of the clues.  No hidden answer clues this week, which is unusual. Continue reading "DT 29499"

DT 29498

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29498

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a cool but sunny morning.

I didn’t find today’s puzzle too tricky but that might be because the four 15 letter answers all fell fairly quickly to give lots of checkers.  I think if you don’t get them early on then the puzzle may turn out to be made of sterner stuff.  There seems to be a larger than usual helping of anagrams which will please many of you.  I found it quite enjoyable so I’ll be interested to see if you agree.
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