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DT 29323

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29323

Full Hints and Tips* by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

*As the Prize Puzzles have been paused, this review follows on from Tilsit’s Hints and Tips earlier on today. I have left the solutions hidden and not given full explanations in case people still need just a little bit of help with clues for which Tilsit had not provided a hint so that they can finish off the crossword.… Continue reading

Toughie 2409

Toughie No 2409 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Did you notice? I didn’t see it coming, which I think makes it all the more clever of Osmosis. A superb grid fill, with two symmetrically-placed names, using reasonably normal words and avoiding words like SYZYGY.… Continue reading

DT 29322

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29322

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from an eerily quiet South Staffs. I hope the coronavirus is keeping its distance from you all.

It’s not often that I award **** for difficulty to a back page puzzle, but this one took me into that time bracket.… Continue reading

DT 29317

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29317

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st March 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

A lovely, enjoyable and friendly Saturday Prize Puzzle, apart, of course, from 19d. The setter resolved our queries with that one (see below) but I do wonder whether the solutions to 6a and 8a were a message from him to the World’s Best Crossword Blog? Continue reading “DT 29317”

Toughie 2048

Toughie No 2408 by Firefly

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

This Firefly crossword was well and truly on my Toughie ‘spectrum’ – parts of the LH side were particularly tricky to solve and working out/and writing the hints for some of the clues took a while too.… Continue reading

DT 29321

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29321

Hints and tips by The Mad Hatter

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the ghostly quiet of lockdown L I. Where not a creature is stirring as I write. No schoolchildren, no walkers, no horse riders, nobody fetching the daily paper. It’s blissfully quiet. Long may it continue. Continue reading “DT 29321”

ST 3047

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3047

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15th March 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Dada on the trickier side this Sunday, with what seemed like a lot of anagrams and insertions but also some great surface readings and anagram indicators Continue reading “ST 3047”

Toughie 2407

Toughie No 2407 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni seems to have forsworn (at least for the time being) his book of obscurities and has given us a very accessible puzzle. Thanks to him.

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

DT 29320

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29320

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Despite the whole country being in lockdown we are still permitted to do our regular walking as long as it is only with people from ones own household. A two metre separation must be kept from everyone else. It is so reassuring in the midst of so much disruption to notice that the tides continue to ebb and flow as they always have done and the flocks of birds carry on just being birds.… Continue reading