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Toughie No 121

Toughie No 121 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I approached this puzzle with some trepidation, bearing in mind the date, wondering what tricks the compiler had in store. Actually it offers a thoroughly entertaining battle with some tricky wordplay and some delightful clues (the best of which is slightly risqué!).

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DT Cryptic No 25891

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25891

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle is relatively easy, as long as you can get 7 down.  If you can’t, then the answer is below!

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Toughie No 120

Toughie No 120 by Shamus

Today’s hints and tips by Big Dave

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

You can always rely on Shamus to set a challenging crossword, but one that is solvable with a little patience.  One or two trickier answers and some even trickier wordplay made this another very enjoyable puzzle.

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DT Cryptic No 25890

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25890

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I had a sense of déjà vu when doing this puzzle since many of the answers seemed to have cropped up recently! It’s a typical Tuesday puzzle – nothing too complicated or tricky.

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DT Cryptic No 25889

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25889

Get your week off the ground with this typical DT cryptic

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Monday’s puzzles are usually relatively easy, and satisfyingly lacking in obscure or tenuous clues.  Today’s is no exception.

Tilsit is still in hospital, but hopes to return next week.

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ST Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

I now look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and this one didn’t disappoint.

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,  2nd April.

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DT Cryptic No 25888 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25888 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Lesser known places make an unwelcome return, along with a woman’s name – another of my pet hates.  The usual few hints to get you started.

We will get Peter Biddlecombe’s view on this puzzle, in his full review – to be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 2nd April

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Toughie No 119

Toughie No 119 by Micawber

Today’s hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Tilsit was due to review today’s Toughie, but he was rushed into hospital on Monday.  He had still hoped to be able to do this review as he didn’t want to disappoint his new fans.  I am sure you will all be joining me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

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