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Toughie 2333

Toughie No 2333 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This very enjoyable puzzle was just about completed in average time but I gave it an extra half-star to allow for the cogitation needed to finish working out the wordplay. It was good that there was only one obscurity in it (the soul in 5 down). I’m assuming that you’re all familiar with the American rapper. Continue reading “Toughie 2333”

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DT 29208

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29208

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. I’m fairly sure that this crossword is by proXimal if only because, apart from the ‘X’, it’s a pangram and that’s his trademark. I found it tricky in places but maybe not quite as much as some of his.… Continue reading

ST 3028

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 3rd October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I found this a thoroughly fun puzzle to solve in a 2 star time and feel that Mr Halpern is consistently hitting the spot in the Sunday spot after (as I recall) some howls of protest at the start. Thanks to him for maintaining a style and level that appeals as the Sunday puzzle did under the previous auspices of Mr Greer. Continue reading “ST 3028”

Toughie 2332

Toughie No 2332 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very pleasant puzzle which didn’t pose too many difficulties – thanks to Donnybrook.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 29207

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29207

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Over the last few days we have missed some of our regular beach walks because of various routine dental and medical appointments. Far less interesting to write about in the preamble so we’ll move straight on to today’s Jay puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2331

Toughie No 2331 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I guess there are no rules as to what distinguishes a Toughie from a back-page puzzle, but Giovanni seems to think that it means plumbing the depths of the BRB for obscure words and meanings. As far as I am concerned this makes for a very dull puzzle, others may have a different opinion. Continue reading “Toughie 2331”

DT 29206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29206

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone.  I thought today’s puzzle was just excellent.  It’s filled with original constructions and penny drops that produced a succession of smiles, and that’s all combined with some very smooth surface readings.  I have my suspicions about the setter – perhaps he’ll comment later to confirm that it’s one of his?  Continue reading "DT 29206"

DT 29205

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29205

Hints and tips by Ferdinand the Imposter

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the rain sodden heart of Downtown LI where The River Itchen has broken its banks and formed the occasional but beautiful Lake Itchington.Continue reading

ST 3029 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3029 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg on this Remembrance Sunday.

Dada continues to be quirky this week and, perhaps, is bordering on 23a – I counted five anagrams, one lurker (reversed), and no homophones – with 30 clues and 17 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 29204 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29204 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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