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DT 28925

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28925

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment *****


Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday.  It is a long time since I have had this much fun with a crossword.  Today's offering was not an easy solve and I have no hesitation in giving it 4* for difficulty.  In fact, since today's Toughie blogger said she spent twice as long on it as she did on the Toughie, perhaps it should even be a tad higher.  What's impressive is that the difficulty doesn't come from the usual sources like obscure vocabulary, esoteric general knowledge, or complex, contorted clue constructions.  Instead, it comes from some quite masterful misdirection.  In many clues the obvious approach turned out to be a dead end, leading to head-scratching and pondering often culminating in a wonderful penny drop.  If our setter is reading the blog today, please comment below to take credit and receive thanks for this masterpiece.

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