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DT 29641

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29641

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where I know that Spring has sprung because the swallows are back form their travels.  Unfortunately the weather forecasters don’t agree and say it’s going to go cold and wet for a few days from Wednesday before normal service is resumed next week. Oh well, they aren’t always right.

Today we have a pretty normal Monday puzzle. I thought it was going to be a bit tricky when I only got six of the acrosses on first pass but then the downs came to the rescue in a big way, yielding ten out of the fourteen clues.  The missing answers just filled themselves in after that leaving me wondering why I missed them the first time.  Just being a bit slow I guess.
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Toughie 2620

Toughie No 2620 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This setter often has a Nina or a little grid feature of some kind. There seems to be something going on with the starts of words (rows 1,3,13,15).… Continue reading

DT 29639

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29639

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a chilly Good Friday morning.

The crossing pair at 10a and 1d, both of which seemed to me to be a little stretched as definitions, gave me a certain amount of trouble and were last in, taking me into *** territory, but otherwise this seemed to be a fairly typical Friday puzzle.… Continue reading

DT 29634

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29634

A full review by Big Dave

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This puzzle was published on 27th March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gnomey is inundated with (fee-paying) work, so I will be sharing this slot with crypticsue for the foreseeable future in order to give him a break. Continue reading “DT 29634”

Toughie 2618

Toughie No 2618 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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We have a pleasant pangram today – thanks to Stick Insect. It’s not really very tough and all twelve of the four-letter answers (which usually provoke accusations of peskiness) are pretty straightforward.… Continue reading

DT 29637

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29637

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The weather system that caused so much flooding in Australia recently has now made its way to us but fortunately has lost most of its sting in crossing the Tasman. So, dampish and warm here which we can easily cope with.… Continue reading

Toughie 2617

Toughie No 2617 by Logman

Hints and tips by Miffypops

Too many dogs

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

Gdanga. Make the most of the sunshine today folks. It might not last.

Today’s Toughie from Logman apparently lives up to its name but has several laughs along the way particularly when Santa’s helper arrived.… Continue reading

DT 29636

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29636

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I felt that today's puzzle contained a lot of quality surface readings which when read literally appear to be perfectly natural sentences or sentence fragments. Having created the odd puzzle, I know how challenging it can be to get that right while also disguising the wordplay and adhering to correct cryptic grammar. My hat is off to this compiler.  Continue reading "DT 29636"