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DT 27526

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27526

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where summer has burst upon us — with a cloudburst. The weatherman tells us that as a reward for enduring an abnormally long, cold winter we are in store for a hotter than usual summer. I say “Bring it on!”

The rotation would suggest that it should be RayT pitching today (pardon the baseball metaphor) and the Queen does make an appearance — albeit an abbreviated one. However, the puzzle lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that characterises a RayT creation.

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