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Toughie 2578

Toughie No 2578 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

The run of gentle Wednesday Toughies has been brought to an end by this one requiring quite a lot of looking up – my copy of the BRB, already tatty, is now in danger of falling to pieces.… Continue reading

DT 29577

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29577

Hints and tips by Rahmat Ali

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

Rahmat Ali has provided reviews for two of last year’s MPP puzzles, but this is his first time in the hot seat. BD


Greetings from Kolkata, the City of Joy and a Happy, Healthy and Harmless New Year 2021 – a year having both the concatenation of consecutive integers 20 and 21 and the product of two consecutive primes 43 and 47. Happy, exciting, adventurous and memorable holidays to the 2Kiwis. This is my first venture at the Hints and Tips and I have the pleasure of writing the same for this Wednesday, so I may please be enlightened if there happen to be any error. In the hints below, the underlining identifies the precise definitions and cryptic definitions, with indicators wherever required.
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Toughie 2577

Toughie No 2577 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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

After a series of lighter Tuesday Toughies Silvanus has provided us with a puzzle with a little more bite. Don’t be put off by that introduction though. It’s all solvable either from definition or from wordplay. We begin with an error and work through to be rewarded with a refreshing pint at the end. Continue reading “Toughie 2577”

DT 29576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29576

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday. I thought there were a couple of interesting twists and turns in this puzzle, including the pesky four-letter 24d that was my last answer in. It was an enjoyable solve. I hope our compiler drops in later to claim it.  Continue reading "DT 29576"

EV 1470 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1470 (Hints)

Level Crossing by Hedge-sparrow

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Hedge-sparrow’s crosswords have been appearing regularly in the Listener series over the past 13 years and we have seen him in the Magpie, Inquisitor and Enigmatic Variations series too. Naturally, considering his pseudonym, birds have often featured in his grids – but not so this time. The Numpties found this crossword very tough indeed, but we hope our hints will help you reach an amusing conclusion. Continue reading “EV 1470 (Hints)”

ST 3091 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3091 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to enjoy above seasonal average temperatures but that is not stopping some more of the fluffy white type of precipitation.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

For me, I thought Dada was quirky today generating some Groans rather than Hmms. … Continue reading