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DT 29206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29206

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I thought today’s puzzle was just excellent.  It’s filled with original constructions and penny drops that produced a succession of smiles, and that’s all combined with some very smooth surface readings.  I have my suspicions about the setter – perhaps he’ll comment later to confirm that it’s one of his?  Continue reading "DT 29206"

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DT 29205

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29205

Hints and tips by Ferdinand the Imposter

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the rain sodden heart of Downtown LI where The River Itchen has broken its banks and formed the occasional but beautiful Lake Itchington.Continue reading

DT 29204 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29204 (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 2330

Toughie No 2330 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 137th Telegraph Toughie. I hope you still have your disco shoes. The long entry, part of the theme, is the link to the number 137.… Continue reading

DT 29198

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29198

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 2nd November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Even allowing for the ‘deliberate error’ in 13d, I thought this an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle (which made a very nice change)   Continue reading “DT 29198”

Toughie 2329

Toughie 2329 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought this Hudson Toughie about the right difficulty level for a Thursday, even if it did leave me more than a bit peckish.

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Toughie 2328

Toughie No 2328 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This was a game of two halves for me – the left-hand side went in without too many problems but the right held out for longer (partly because I was trying, in vain, to think of the name of a novel for 9d).… Continue reading

DT 29201

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29201

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The sand-dunes we walk through regularly are a riot of wild flowers at present. Most of them are non-native garden escapees of all types and colours with lupins by far the most dominant and with an all pervasive scent. The sandy beach is littered with a different kind of bloom, with millions of blue-bottle jellyfish washed up in drifts. Continue reading “DT 29201”

Toughie 2327

Toughie No 2327 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I always look forward to Chalicea’s puzzles, and this one didn’t disappoint. Where there are lesser=used words or definitions they are limited to one per clue, which is how it shoud be. The only one in today’s puzzle that was new to me was the monkey in 26 Across. Continue reading “Toughie 2327”

DT 29200

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29200

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I've just had the unusual experience of having the clocks go back two Saturdays in a row.  Perhaps that's why I've been feeling a bit out of it lately.  However, I am pretty sure that today has brought us a fine puzzle.  I found that the grid filled smoothly, with a few answers awaiting parsing at the end after being obtained from checkers and identifying the definition in the clue.  It turned out that those last answers came from some original and amusing wordplay that earned a 4* enjoyment rating from me.  Continue reading "DT 29200"