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Toughie 2501

Toughie No 2501 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another precise and quite tricky puzzle today from Osmosis, though there were a few easy clues to get started. I had finished the entire right-hand side before I had a single entry on the left, which may reflect the grid.… Continue reading

ST 2501

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2501

After the Lord Mayor’s show?

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

(This is written without looking at the Sunday hints message to see what’s been said so far.) We couldn’t really expect this puzzle to match the anniversary one last week, and we’re back to everyday fare here. There are some fairly easy clues, especially for old hands, but there’s lots of crossword-setting craft – in particular, consistently solid surface meanings. 3D is a particular favourite of mine, being a former distance runner, conjuring up images of someone like Emil Zatopek, whose laboured style can be seen in this film about his rivalry with Alan Mimoun. Meanwhile, back to the clues ….

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ST 2501 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2501 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

These Sunday puzzles just keep getting better.  This one is somewhere between a standard daily puzzle and a Toughie in terms of difficulty.

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 Friday, 18th September.

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