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DT 29570

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29570

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. Today sees a return to the Tuesday puzzle norm. I thought it was a solid crossword with no obscurities or unusual clueing devices. Definitely a pleasant solve.  Continue reading "DT 29570"

DT 29569

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29569

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where we have been spared the very heavy snowfall which is causing chaos elsewhere in Spain.  We had three days of pretty continuous rain and it’s very cold by Costa Blanca standards.  Only 8°C during the day on Saturday and 1°C overnight.  At 0830 this morning when I started this post it was 3°C.  Apparently it will be Wednesday before normal service will be resumed when we are forecast 16°C and wall-to-wall sunshine.  We live in hope. Continue reading “DT 29569”

EV 1469 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1469

It’s a Funny Old Game by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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EV 1456, Cover Story, that had us recreating the Abbey Road zebra crossing with the four Beatles was by Gaston so he needs no introduction.

Preamble: The unclued left hand column is in charge of the game.Continue reading

ST 3090 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3090 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where after 8 weeks of Covid Code Red/Circuit Breaker/Lockdown, or whatever the hell it’s called, we are faced with at least another 2 weeks of the same.  The reason is the number of Covid cases arising from the knuckleheads who met up for illicit get togethers over Christmas – quelle surprise!… Continue reading

Toughie 2572

Toughie No 2572 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A very nice puzzle, I thought, with a good variety of clues and, of course, precise as always

A pangram but for the K. Hm. I bet Osmosis is chuckling.… Continue reading

DT 29567

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29567

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where we start the day with a light dusting of snow.

It took me a while to get started on today’s puzzle, but once a few checkers were in, things began to flow more smoothly.… Continue reading

DT 29562

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29562

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 2nd January 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Sorry for the tardiness – back to work got in the way! Continue reading “DT 29562”

Toughie 2571

Toughie no 2571 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

An enjoyable and solver-friendly Toughie from proXimal. I did search for a pangram as the grid is one of his ‘usual’ ones where the Xs appear in the black squares but the solutions are also missing a Z so just an ‘ordinary’ crossword this time

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading