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Toughie No 129

Toughie No 129 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Elgar has produced another tour de force with many excellent but tricky clues. I thoroughly enjoyed battling my way through this one.

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DT Cryptic No 25903

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25903

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The lesser-known words made this puzzle harder than usual (unless, of course, you are well up on medicinal terms!).

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DT Cryptic No 25902

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25902

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Fasten your seat belts! This puzzle takes us on a virtual world tour – we visit two English towns, two French towns, an American university, regions in the Middle East and Italy, and an African country.

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DT Cryptic No 25901

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25901

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A reasonably straightforward start to the week from our regular Monday setter.  Lots of cryptic definitions and anagrams to give you a good start in completing it.  My only grumble is with the grid itself; 18 answers each contain a double unchecked letter and if the cluing hadn’t been so solver- friendly, I could imagine I would have had trouble.  14 had me looking for something less obvious than it actually was, but generally a nice friendly puzzle after a weekend of solving some really tough beasts.  Thanks to Big Dave for a nudge with 9 across.  And now back to writing almost 200 questions for our local quiz league Individual Mastermind Championship.

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ST Cryptic No 2479 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2479 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A little easier this week – on a par with the average daily puzzle.

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 Thursday, 16th April.

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DT Cryptic No 25900 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25900 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Things are getting better – just the one place name this week.  The puzzle is much the better for not having the names of any women, although one boy’s name does crop up in the wordplay.  If we could just get rid of those place names that are better suited to General Knowledge puzzles …. but perhaps I am dreaming!   The usual few hints to get you started.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 16th April.

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Toughie No 127

Toughie No 127 by Warbler

One of the Tougher Toughies!

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

I presume this puzzle was especially selected for the Bank Holiday on the assumption that most readers would have more time to solve it.  A number of words that were new to me, and some new meanings of familiar words made for an interesting puzzle.

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DT Cryptic No 25899

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25899 (8155 on CluedUp)

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable amble through this crossword this morning. It didn’t present too many problems, and I particularly enjoyed some clever cryptic double definitions.

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