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EV 1456 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1456 (Hints)

Villains by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick insect will be a familiar setter for Toughie solvers. He has been setting EV crosswords for some years and also appears annually in the Listener series and has recently set for the Magpie too. With such an experienced setter you can be confident that his clues will be well set and fair. We found this crossword to be of about the same difficulty as the ‘average’ Listener (a Magpie C rating, say) and it will challenge newer EV solvers but it will be well worth sticking with it as you will probably love the endgame (one Numpty did – the other ‘hadn’t a clue’). Continue reading “EV 1456 (Hints)”

ST 3077 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3077 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, as a way of insulating myself from the insanities outside my window and beyond, I have been watching, and in some cases re-watching, episodes of Lewis (and Hathaway) that have ‘popped up’ on YouTube. … Continue reading

DT 29491 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29491 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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Morning all.

I’m still having to work (two more Saturdays after today and then the big R) so it is a little truncated. Continue reading “DT 29491 (Hints)”

DT 29490

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29490

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny October morning.

Today’s puzzle wasn’t as difficult as last week’s for me, but still went into my *** time, probably because I spent too long trying to tease out some wordplay from 14a.… Continue reading

DT 29489

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29489

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

I enjoyed solving this puzzle despite spelling 2 down incorrectly, placing an ant in the wrong place elsewhere and conning instead of retreating to my lair. On newspaper this would have been a disastrous mess. On my iPad once sorted it a looked neat as ever. An excellent little Thursday puzzle. A little more difficult than the start to the week but doable with a little extra effort. Continue reading “DT 29489”

Toughie 2519

Toughie No 2519 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s some complicated wordplay here (which I enjoyed winkling out). There are two clues (1a and 14a) where the definition can only be the whole clue but the whole clue doesn’t really match up with the answer.… Continue reading