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DT 29322

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29322

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from an eerily quiet South Staffs. I hope the coronavirus is keeping its distance from you all.

It’s not often that I award **** for difficulty to a back page puzzle, but this one took me into that time bracket.… Continue reading

DT 29317

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29317

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 21st March 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

A lovely, enjoyable and friendly Saturday Prize Puzzle, apart, of course, from 19d. The setter resolved our queries with that one (see below) but I do wonder whether the solutions to 6a and 8a were a message from him to the World’s Best Crossword Blog? Continue reading “DT 29317”

Toughie 2048

Toughie No 2408 by Firefly

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

This Firefly crossword was well and truly on my Toughie ‘spectrum’ – parts of the LH side were particularly tricky to solve and working out/and writing the hints for some of the clues took a while too.… Continue reading

DT 29321

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29321

Hints and tips by The Mad Hatter

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the ghostly quiet of lockdown L I. Where not a creature is stirring as I write. No schoolchildren, no walkers, no horse riders, nobody fetching the daily paper. It’s blissfully quiet. Long may it continue. Continue reading “DT 29321”

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