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Toughie 2407

Toughie No 2407 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni seems to have forsworn (at least for the time being) his book of obscurities and has given us a very accessible puzzle. Thanks to him.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 29320

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29320

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Despite the whole country being in lockdown we are still permitted to do our regular walking as long as it is only with people from ones own household. A two metre separation must be kept from everyone else. It is so reassuring in the midst of so much disruption to notice that the tides continue to ebb and flow as they always have done and the flocks of birds carry on just being birds.… Continue reading

Toughie 2406

Toughie No 2406 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I’m sorry Serpent, but when there are several clues where your reaction on solving is to suck on your teeth rather than to smile then that usually means that you haven’t enjoyed the puzzle, which was the case for me here. I hope others enjoyed it more than I did. Continue reading “Toughie 2406”

DT 29319

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29319

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Perhaps the impending lockdown is dampening my mood, but this straightforward puzzle did not do a lot for me.  Others may have a different view, so I look forward to hearing what everyone else thought of it. Continue reading "DT 29319"

Toughie 2405

Toughie No 2405 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some excellent misdirection here. There something about solving Elgar clues after a bit of a battle that is quite ecstatic. This is Elgar’s 145th Telegraph toughie and as usual this is related to a theme – the relevant grid entries are mentioned in the clues.… Continue reading

DT 29316

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29316

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. I hope you’re all coping with the ‘new normal’ of isolation and empty supermarket shelves.

I finished this crossword in what is ** time for me, but it seemed to be more of a struggle than that.… Continue reading

Toughie 2404

Toughie No 2404 by Messinae

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This took me exactly the same time to solve as the inside back-pager and so, for me anyway, that crossword’s 4.5* rating equates to a Toughie rating of 1* for this one.… Continue reading

DT 29315

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29315

Hints and tips by Little Dorritt

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

Good morning Solveteenies. Today’s masterclass from RayT was a complicated delight from start to finish. Each clue needing to be teased out tortuously with a satisfying sigh as the stretched synonym became obvious.Continue reading