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DT 26953

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26953

Hints and tips by pommers

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Hola from the Vega Baja, where it remains very hot and sticky. First a big thanks to Gazza for swapping days this week.  I was being Mrs Mop again at our friend’s apartment yesterday and had got my dates wrong – I thought it was today!  So far since I switched to the Thursday puzzle I’ve managed one out of three on the right day – I’ll be getting the sack if I don’t buck my ideas up!

Anyway, on to the puzzle.  Not my favourite this week and a bit tricky.  Seemed a bit of a slog and, like Dave said yesterday, I can only admit to a sense of relief when it was all over. All the clues are very fair but, for me, it somehow lacked the usual Giovanni sparkle.

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