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DT 27568

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27568

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where the weather is like a roller coaster — sunny and tropically hot this past weekend, now cold with torrential rains.

I have no hesitation in proclaiming that this is not a RayT puzzle (which likely explains why Kath was so agreeable to swap for my originally scheduled spot in the rotation next week). Lovers of anagrams will be disappointed to discover that there are only three of them (plus a partial one) to be found in the puzzle. Charade afficionados, on the other hand, should be delighted by the opportunities presented to ply their craft. While I rated the puzzle as two stars for difficulty, I nearly gave it third star on the basis of 11d alone.

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