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DT Cryptic No 25881

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25881

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another enjoyable Friday crossword, a good mix of clue types, and complexity along with one new word for me.

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ST Cryptic No 2475 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2475 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

The Sunday puzzle has improved significantly over the last two or three weeks.  This one was not as difficult as some of the earlier ones due,  in part, to the noticeable lack of contentious clues.

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DT Cryptic No 25876 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25876 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **


For me, this was rather a disappointing puzzle. I’m not mad keen on the grid, with some 7-letter answers with only 3 letters checked, though some others have 5 checked letters. And like some other DT grids, it’s all short words – the longest entry is 9 letters. It does have a good side – the shortest answer is 6 letters so we get a day off from ERATO and tricky little 4-letter words.

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Toughie No 114

Toughie No 114 by Osmosis

Pleasant Toughie of average difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This was a pleasant enjoyable puzzle of average Toughie difficulty.  If you can do the regular Daily Cryptic then you ought to be able to do this one, but it will probably take a liitle longer.

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DT Cryptic No 25880

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25880

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing or obscure and a few nicely-worded clues – what more could you want for a Thursday?

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Toughie No 113

Toughie No 113 by Busman

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

As Toughies go this one is pretty easy (it’s an ideal one to start on if you’re dipping your toe in such waters for the first time; just don’t expect them all to be as easy as this!). That said, there are a few cleverly-worded and enjoyable clues amongst the easy ones, and a distinct lack of very obscure words, which is a major benefit in my opinion.

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DT Cryptic No 25879

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25879

A little bit harder but nothing you can’t do

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I found this one to be a little harder than usual, but on looking back at it I’m not sure why.  As has been said before, some days you are on the same wavelength as the setter, other days it just doesn’t happen.  Today for me was one of the latter.

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Toughie No 112

Toughie No 112 by MynoT

Difficult in places, but overall very enjoyable

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

The more of these puzzles that you do, the more you begin to appreciate them.  This one had the handful of lesser-known words that seem to be  mandatory these days, and a UK-centric term just to fool Dr b and any other Americans that might venture into Toughie territory!

Thanks to one of the regular ScrewUps on a well known site my account was deactivated yesterday, despite having 10 months to run on my subscription.  I thought perhaps someone had been upset about the ScrewedUp News, but I was advised that this had happened to a number of people.  I was reinstated ealier today, but I am running further behind than usual.

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DT Cryptic No 25878

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25878

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This one is a fairly typical Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword – workmanlike with nothing too complicated. As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space inside if you’re totally stumped.

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DT Cryptic No 25877

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25877

An easy start to the week, hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Once again we start the week with a fairly easy but nonetheless very enjoyable puzzle.

Don’t forget – just highlight the space between the curly brackets to reveal the answer.

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