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Toughie 2366

Toughie No 2366 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Measured as a Toughie, I found this to be fairly easy. Less experienced solvers may think differently if they haven’t previously seen constructs like shopper = one who shops or betrays (13a), near meaning tight or miserly (1d), and splitting the answer to 9d as (3-11). Continue reading “Toughie 2366”

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DT 29259

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29259

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Today's fun puzzle brought to mind that "puzzle of two halves" cliché.  The top opened up nicely, suggesting that perfection might be attainable, but then the bottom put up some resistance and it took sustained effort to get that filled.  That thought made me wonder where the original "game of two halves" cliché originated.  The best that the internet can offer is that it originates in 1980s football commentary, but that its creator remains a mystery.  Anybody know who was responsible for it? The Google Ngram viewer agrees with the internet, with its data showing appearances in print of the phrase taking off from the early 1980s.  There is also a flurry of appearances around 1940.  I wonder what that was about?  Continue reading "DT 29259"

DT 29258

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29258

Hints and tips by Jess Oakroyd

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very wet downtown LI. Where nothing has happened to disturb the peace. The river rose up and burst its banks but politely went back down again quite quickly. Your reviewer binged out on the weekend’s rugby matches while Saint Sharon fed 37 members of The Napton Golf Society a three-course dinner. Best keep out of the way I thought. So I did. Continue reading “DT 29258”

ST 3038 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3038 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!… Continue reading

DT 29257 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257 (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.

Continue reading “DT 29257 (Hints)”

Toughie 2635

Toughie No 2365 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

If you are wondering about the significance of the perimeter Nina, think about that pub game featuring a 2d and remember that this is Elgar’s 140th Telegraph Toughie.… Continue reading

DT 29256

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29256

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright and breezy morning.

I didn’t find anything to hold me up in today’s puzzle, and I particularly liked the image conjured by the surface of 5d.… Continue reading

DT 29251

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29251

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 4th January 2020

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

Morning All! I quite enjoyed reviewing this as ther were some very nice surfacce readings and definitions in what look on firstt sight as straightforward clue. I do like a ‘less is more’ approach.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

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Toughie 2364

Toughie No 2364 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

An enjoyable Toughie – I added an extra half a star for difficulty for the time it took me to parse a couple of the clues. Continue reading “Toughie 2364”

DT 29255

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29255

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. The first Ray T crossword of 2020, at least I’m almost certain that it’s one of his even though a few of his trademarks are missing.… Continue reading