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DT Cryptic No 25877

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25877

An easy start to the week, hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Once again we start the week with a fairly easy but nonetheless very enjoyable puzzle.

Don’t forget – just highlight the space between the curly brackets to reveal the answer.

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ST Cryptic No 2475 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2475

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

The Sunday puzzle really does seem to be changing – this one is a bit easier than those of recent weeks, but still enjoyable.

The Mine is getting still deeper – Musical Terms being the latest addition.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  March 19th.

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DT Cryptic No 25876 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25876

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

This is a moderately difficult puzzle, with one or two difficult words and a lesser known town in Somerset.  The usual few hints to get you started.

A full review of this puzzle,  by crossword blogging veteran Peter Biddlecombe, will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 19th March.

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Toughie No 111

Toughie No 111 by Citrus

Harder than yesterday, but then they all are!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This one is not all that tough as long as your copy of Chambers is not far away!  I enjoyed the puzzle,  and I learned a few new words, and a poem by Wordsworth. Continue reading “Toughie No 111”

ST Cryptic No 2474 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2474 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

As regular followers of my reviews are aware by now, I have not been a great fan of the Sunday crosswords.  Well, thing are looking up a bit and, for the second week running,  I actually enjoyed this one.  A few weak clues, too many double definitions, and a grid which isolated the top right and bottom left corners means that there is still room for improvement, but a definite step in the right direction. Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2474 – Review”

DT Cryptic No 25870 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25870 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***


A bit of a geography tour, this one. An easyish puzzle, though one or two words held me up a bit – finding the right “word – A = other word” at 17 in particular. * indicates an anagram in the notes below.

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Toughie No 110

Toughie No 110 by Jed

A very easy Toughie – have a go at this one!

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment **

I look forward four days a week to battling with the Toughie.  This one was a pale impersonation of a Toughie, and was easier than the standard daily cryptic. Continue reading “Toughie No 110”

DT Cryptic No 25874

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25874

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A good, honest puzzle with some clever clues. As usual, if you cannot get the answer even with the hint, select the white space inside the curly brackets to reveal it.

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Toughie No 109

Toughie No 109 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This one is not as difficult as yesterday’s. I was held up on 19d because I initially read the last word of the clue as TURN rather than TUM. It’s an easy mistake to make with lower-case letters, but I’ll have to get new glasses!

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