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DT 25944

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25944

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Sitting in the garden with a long cool drink on a hot Summer’s day and doing gentle battle with a cryptic crossword – what more could you ask for? I thought that the clues in this one got better towards the end, with the last few down ones being excellent – or was it that the contents of my long cool drink were gradually taking effect?

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DT 25943

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25943

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another pleasant start to the week from the Monday Maestro. Nothing terribly demanding and the usual mix of clues to encourage the newer recruits to the Cryptic World. I feel the puzzle gets off to a bit of a shaky start with the first few clues, but then gets into its stride and delivers what we expect on a Monday.

The spaces between the curly brackets hide the answer, and highlighting that space will reveal it. As usual, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the puzzle. Don’t be afraid, you’re among friends! If it’s your first time posting, it can take a little while for your post to appear, as first posts are always moderated to prevent spammers, but don’t let that put you off.

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ST 2486 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2486 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A sunny puzzle for a sunny Sunday!

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 5th June.

Some hints to get you started:

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DT 25942 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25942 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

An altogether better puzzle this week, albeit a little easier than last week.  The handful of proper nouns are clued reasonably well, and I quite liked the unusual grid.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 4th June.

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ST 2485 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2485 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This one was a bit of a stroll in the park.  It was still enjoyable, but I do prefer my puzzles to be a bit harder than this was.

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Toughie 155

Toughie No 155 by Elgar

This one went off the top end of the difficulty scale!

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

When you see Elgar’s name you know you are in for a difficult time.  This one is certainly no exception.  There were a mere handful of relatively easy clues, and some where, despite getting the answer, I have struggled to get all of the wordplay.  If you have seen anything that I missed, please add a comment.

Elgar was at the Sloggers and Betters evening last week, but he didn’t warn me that this one was in the pipeline.

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DT 25941

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25941

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A nice easy start with simple anagrams at 1a and 2d and then it got a bit more complicated… it also helps if you get 13a early on, as the “four cornery” feel to the crossword, needs the checking letters from this one to make life a bit easier. Otherwise, some excellent clues, and a well thought out and crafted crossword.

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DT 25936 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25936 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A very straightforward puzzle with only a couple of points to delay experienced solvers.  One new answer for me, and only a few puzzling clues.  Grid grumbles: none!  A bit of a geography exam, but I doubt these entries caused serious trouble.

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DT 25940

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25940

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Categorising a puzzle as difficult or easy is problematic, in that one which is easy for a veteran solver who knows all the conventions and has probably seen variations on many of the clues before, can be very difficult for a novice. So the “BD Difficulty Rating” at the top of all our reviews is not meant to be an absolute judgement but is a personal opinion of how this puzzle compares with an average one in this category.

I found this puzzle to be slightly easier than the normal Telegraph Cryptic (and therefore an ideal one for someone starting out), but with many well-constructed and entertaining clues – but that’s just one opinion – leave us yours via a comment!

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