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Toughie 2327

Toughie No 2327 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I always look forward to Chalicea’s puzzles, and this one didn’t disappoint. Where there are lesser=used words or definitions they are limited to one per clue, which is how it shoud be. The only one in today’s puzzle that was new to me was the monkey in 26 Across. Continue reading “Toughie 2327”

DT 29200

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29200

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I've just had the unusual experience of having the clocks go back two Saturdays in a row.  Perhaps that's why I've been feeling a bit out of it lately.  However, I am pretty sure that today has brought us a fine puzzle.  I found that the grid filled smoothly, with a few answers awaiting parsing at the end after being obtained from checkers and identifying the definition in the clue.  It turned out that those last answers came from some original and amusing wordplay that earned a 4* enjoyment rating from me.  Continue reading "DT 29200"

DT 29199

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29199

Hints and tips by Failed of Twickenham

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I suppose I am over the disappointment of Saturdays Rugby World Cup Final where the better team on the day took the spoils. Maybe next time. Continue reading “DT 29199”

ST 3028 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where a week of confusion caused by the difference between Manitoba time and UK time being reduced to 5 hours, with the end of BST last Sunday, ended at 2:00 am when our clocks ‘fell back’ to Central Standard Time. … Continue reading

DT 29198 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29198 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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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.

Continue reading “DT 29198 (Hints)”

MPP – 090

Monthly Prize Puzzle (November 2019)

Seeking Ease by Phibs

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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 (16th November 2019).

Continue reading “MPP – 090”

Toughie 2326

Toughie No 2326 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

Another most enjoyable puzzle from proXimal with some delightful clues. I hope you liked it as much as I did.

Definitions are underlined as usual. The hints are intended to help you unravel the wordplay.… Continue reading

DT 29197

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29197

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this All Saints Day, a grey and drizzly one.

I took a little while to get started on today’s Giovanni, but things then began to fall into place and there was a steady solve.… Continue reading