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DT 29490

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29490

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny October morning.

Today’s puzzle wasn’t as difficult as last week’s for me, but still went into my *** time, probably because I spent too long trying to tease out some wordplay from 14a.… Continue reading

DT 29489

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29489

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

I enjoyed solving this puzzle despite spelling 2 down incorrectly, placing an ant in the wrong place elsewhere and conning instead of retreating to my lair. On newspaper this would have been a disastrous mess. On my iPad once sorted it a looked neat as ever. An excellent little Thursday puzzle. A little more difficult than the start to the week but doable with a little extra effort. Continue reading “DT 29489”

Toughie 2519

Toughie No 2519 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s some complicated wordplay here (which I enjoyed winkling out). There are two clues (1a and 14a) where the definition can only be the whole clue but the whole clue doesn’t really match up with the answer.… Continue reading

DT 29488

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29488

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Advance voting in our General Election has now started so one of us (Colin) is working as an electoral officer, issuing votes. This makes us several hours later than usual getting on to putting the blog together but still plenty of time to get it all done before publishing deadline.… Continue reading

Toughie 2518

Toughie No 2518 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this Donnybrook Toughie, all the more so after writing the review. Standout favourite has to be penny-drop moment when 24a fell into place and I realised it had nothing to do with cricket! Continue reading “Toughie 2518”

DT 29487

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29487

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Filling the grid fill on today's puzzle was straightforward, but parsing everything to my satisfaction extended my solving time enough to warrant 3* for difficulty.  I liked it, but I wonder if this will turn out to be one of those puzzles that divides opinion.  Continue reading "DT 29487"

DT 29486

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29486

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer seems reluctant to end, although it is getting markedly cooler during the night and early morning.

Maybe it’s just me but I thought today’s puzzle was a bit trickier than recent Monday’s have been.  I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who though it was a breeze.  There’s a couple of longish anagrams and a couple of chestnuts to give you a start so I don’t think it will prove too difficult.
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DT 29485 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29485 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from a locked-down Warrington, but in the brave new world some of us are sitting in work keeping the rail network ticking over. Now in the last four weeks before redundancy, there are fewer members of staff as people find other jobs, so we are busier.… Continue reading