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DT 25957

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25957

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

What a good week this is turning out to be.  Today we have a first class puzzle with some of the best surface reading that I have seen in a daily cryptic for some time.  One or two minor quibbles where that surface reading gets in the way of the accuracy of the clue, but when you get quality like this who cares!

Following recent discussions on the difficulty rating I have increased this from two stars to three to compensate for clues like 18 down which, while making us oldies smile, will no doubt cause problems for the younger solvers

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