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Toughie 2905

Toughie No 2905 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Good afternoon from Barrel. A newly formed desert geographically. A Cultural desert has been avoided narrowly by a well crafted Chalicea Toughie. If you are sitting comfortably then I will begin

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DT 30066

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30066

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying a prolonged stretch of beautiful mid-August weather with hot days and cool nights with only occasional showers.

Today’s puzzle from Campbell uses several words that are new to me and I am unable to explain one clue.… Continue reading

Toughie 2904

Toughie No 2904 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty *****Enjoyment *****

Today Elgar gives us a pangram with lots of lovely clues. Four all-in-ones in across

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8a    Animals replaced in launcher by ex-POTUS’s granny (8)

BABUSHKA: Replace a 3-letter collection of animals in a 7-letter word for a hand-held missile launcher with an ex-American president

9a    I, the Reaper, caught one frozen in suspense (6)

ICICLE: I from the clue plus a homophone (caught) of a tool that is a reaper

10a    Rust on surface – will nothing stop it?Continue reading

DT 30064

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30064

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another baking day.

I was held up for ages in the SE corner of today’s puzzle, and resorted in the end to revealing a letter or two, hence the **** difficulty marking.… Continue reading

Toughie 2903

Toughie No 2903 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Kcit has provided today’s Toughie and he’s included lots of reversals. I spent as long trying to parse 2d as I did on the rest of the puzzle and I still can’t crack it so if you can do please let me know the secret and stop me puzzling about it in this hot weather.Continue reading

DT 30063

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30063

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Good day. Welcome to Miffypops Tolerant Thursday. A laid back sunny day where nothing in crosswordland is worth getting worked up about. Continue reading “DT 30063”