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DT 29287 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29287 (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.

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Toughie 2385

Toughie No 2385 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 143rd Telegraph Toughie. It won’t take you long to realise that this number, seen 8 times in the puzzle, refers to the three little words that I hope all of you have voiced today.… Continue reading

DT 29286

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29286

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs. A bright start to the day in the lull before the next storm blows in.

Plenty of misdirection in today’s puzzle, so a certain amount of lateral thinking was required, and I solved it in a time which was on the border between my ** and *** times.… Continue reading

DT 29281

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29281

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th February 2020

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

One of those crosswords where the bottom was a lot trickier than the top. The repetition radar also bleeped along the way.… Continue reading

Toughie 2384

Toughie No 2384 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

All the trademark references you’d expect were all correctly ‘on parade’ in this Beam crossword which, for me anyway, just crept over the border into Toughie time

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

DT 29285

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29285

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the unseasonably warm weather continues.  Normal service is forecast for next week though so I’m enjoying the warmth while I can.

I don’t know the setter of today’s puzzle and the style felt unfamiliar so perhaps we have another new setter.  It’s not too hard and there seem to be a lot of anagrams or partial anagrams so I know a lot of you will be pleased.  There’s quite a bit of chestnutty stuff and a couple of definitions that don’t quite work for me but overall I quite enjoyed it. 
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Toughie 2383

Toughie No 2383 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I enjoyed this puzzle from our editor with its good dose of humour. My main difficulties came from queries of the type ‘How does that mean that?’ followed shortly by ‘Ah, that’s how!’.… Continue reading

DT 29284

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29284

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

With the dreadful weather most of you have been having lately we would feel a bit guilty about mentioning the beautiful warm summer days that we are enjoying here. So we won’t. We’ll get straight on with today’s Jay puzzle instead.… Continue reading


Would you like to see the Telegraph add a cryptic aimed at beginners?

Mr K here. We're running a survey this week that allows you to have a say about the crosswords offered by the Daily Telegraph.  In the latest Puzzles Site Newsletter, puzzles editor Chris Lancaster writes:  Recent correspondence indicates that some solvers might appreciate another type of cryptic crossword: one which is easier than the normal Telegraph Crossword, and is aimed squarely at beginners.  Would an additional, simpler, cryptic crossword be something you would like to see?  Chris tells us that if such a puzzle is added it would initially appear on weekends, so he can gauge interest. Note that it would be a new puzzle, not a replacement for any of the current cryptic crosswords. Continue reading "Survey"

Toughie 2382

Toughie No 2382 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Silvanus has staked his claim to a regular slot on the Tuesday Toughie schedule. As you would expect, the cluing is immaculate. The thought of taking something to Paddington in 16a amused me, but although the surface reading of 15d starts well (vermilion-coloured crab wandering around island) it seems to taper off. Continue reading “Toughie 2382”