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DT 26016

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26016

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle provides a good workout, though some will not like the large number of place names and girls’ names. As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space to reveal the answer if my hint proves inadequate!

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DT 26015

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26015

Hints and Tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Time for another battle with the Monday Maestro.  I have a feeling that those who find him to be extremely easy might have had a surprise today.  There were one or two clues that caused me to scratch the old noggin and raise a few sparks.  Overall quite a nice balance of clues, where some weeks we seem to have a preponderance of one type or another.

As usual, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and welcome your contributions.  A couple of things to remember, first time posters take a little longer to appear purely as they are vetted just to make sure they are not spammers being a pain in the rectum.  There’s also a star rating facilitiy at the end of the blog and you can click on that to show your rating the puzzle.  It’s purely for fun.

Oh,  and for those who haven’t seen this in today’s papers!

Ashes Obit

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ST 2498 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2498 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

There are some really excellent clues, yet again, today.  I’m a little puzzled by the part played by “wanting” in the homophone at 21 across – if you have any ideas, please add a comment but, as Basil Fawlty might have said, “Don’t mention the Word”.

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DT 26014 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26014 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: **

The girls are back in town – or at least one of them – and you still need to keep your atlas handy for this Saturday puzzle.  The grid is one of those dreadful ones that only the Telegraph, among quality dailies, still allows.  This is four puzzles in one, joined only by the two long answers.

If you are using CluedUp today, then check the printable version for the correct wording of 9 across. This problem has now been fixed!  Just why this site can’t handle accented words and randomly drops apostrophes is a mystery.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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, 27th August.

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ST 2497 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2497 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Yet another winner from our Sunday Setter.

At the bottom of the post you will see an array of five stars – use these to give your assessment of the puzzle.  Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

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Toughie 203

Toughie No 203 by MynoT

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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

Last time I reviewed a Toughie from MynoT I said it was “difficult in places, but overall very enjoyable” – this one is very much the same.  Some of the difficulties are described below, and if you can help then please leave a comment.

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DT 26013

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26013

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

Beware of what you ask for. After last Friday’s gentle stroll, today’s crossword is certainly not a walk in the park. Today we have a much more difficult crossword, although that does not detract from its enjoyment. (Even if the grid is a bit cornery).

Please take some time to enjoy the excellent surface readings.

As usual feel free to leave your comments.
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Toughie 202

Toughie No 202 by Warbler

Look Before You Leap!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Today marks a first for yours truly!  I actually agree with the current score given by solvers on Clued Up for the puzzle.  It was a pleasant enough puzzle until I came to submit my entry and found I had three wrong answers.  One was a typo because of the quirkiness of the entry system which frequently sends the cursor off at the wrong angle, but I also had two wrong answers; both of which were down to not reading the clue properly.  Having suitably chastised myself, I  entered the correct solutions and was done for another day.

One of those puzzles that would make a good daily challenge, but on the easy side for a Toughie.  A couple of clever clues and one or two to make me smile.  All in all a nice battle with an amiable setter.

This is the third time I have started this blog.  I saved it to send to Big Dave but forgot that I had transferred it to my laptop and was saving the doc to an email, and of course it didn’t save.

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DT 26012

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26012

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I found this puzzle very enjoyable with some excellent surface readings. Please let us know what you thought of it, via a comment, and cast a vote by clicking on one of the stars at the bottom.
As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets, so that you can just reveal an answer that you need, by selecting the white space, without accidentally seeing other answers.
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