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DT 26769

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26769

Hints and tips by Digby

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Libellule is taking several weeks off from blogging as his wife is in hospital having a a major operation.  We all wish her well and hope she has a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Digby has stepped up to the plate and will be here for at least the next few Mondays.  BD

Thanks for all your messages of support on Friday. Having had the weekend to recover here we go again, this time with a Rufus.

The observant ones amongst you might have noticed that my Gravatar (the picture over there >>>) has changed recently to a Buccaneer coming towards you at about 600mph. It’s the jet that Rufus (almost) and I used to fly from aircraft carriers, so it’s a real treat to be able to review one of his puzzles. His crosswords always provide a mixture of challenge and amusement, and this one is no exception – how does he manage to keep up the standard time after time?

Maybe getting up early meant that my brain wasn’t quite in gear, but I found one or two clues a little tenuous – but what do you think?

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