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DT 26025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26025

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A pleasant exercise, as usual on a Friday, with one or two more difficult clues thrown in to keep us on our toes. Getting 17a early is a big help in solving the other clues.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets. Just highlight the white space inside to reveal them.
To our many readers who have yet to “come out” and reveal themselves – don’t be shy, we’re a friendly bunch here and we won’t bite, so introduce yourself via a comment. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced solver or a novice – remember that everyone was a novice once!

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DT 26020

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26020

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Starting this week, Peter Biddlecombe is reviewing the Sunday puzzles.

This one is better than many recent prize puzzles, but lacks that extra something that gives you a feeling of satisfaction as you fill in the final answer.

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Toughie 210

Toughie No 210 by Notabilis
A Pleasant Surprise

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

The reason for the surprise is that Tilsit was due to do this review but has had to go for a scan this afternoon, so you’re stuck with me! That’s a pleasant surprise for me, not necessarily for you!
I really enjoyed the puzzle, but I’m sure that if Tilsit were doing the commentary he would complain about the “cornery” grid, which really splits it into four separate areas. In fact I had completely finished three-quarters of it at one stage and still had the top left-hand corner totally blank.
Comments as usual are welcomed and appreciated.

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DT 26024

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26024

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Not a particularly difficult crossword today, but in general a nicely balanced one, with a number of different types of clues that will test your cryptic crossword abilities.

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Toughie 209

Toughie No 209 by Shamus
Solving the Case

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

The pseudonym of today’s setter is an old American slang word for a private detective and he has given us a stimulating case which requires a fair bit of investigation to solve, with several things being learnt on the way.

I suspect that there may be some complaints about the use of ‘regulars’ in 11d to mean the odd letters of a word. What do you think? – leave us a comment!

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DT 26023

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26023

Welcome to Pam!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

It was very odd not having to rush around on Monday  getting a blog ready in between visits from the nurse, carers and suchlike.  Wednesday’s  are usually lazy mornings for me, followed by the cut and thrust of the Bridge Club doing battle with some of the evil grannies of Brierfield (They are not really evil, but they are ferocious bridge players!).

I must start today by welcoming a newcomer to the blog in the shape of Pam, who also goes to the Bridge Club, however she is neither a granny or evil (she may be the former, but not the latter as far as I know!).  Although Pam is a very fine bridge player, she is dipping her toe into the world of Telegraph crosswords for the first time after being prised away from the Everyman in the Observer and is visiting us for the first time.  Welcome Pam, you are among friends.  The drinks are on you!

Today’s puzzle is another good puzzle for those getting to grips with crosswords for the first time.  As usual, the answers are hidden in white inside the curly brackets.  Highlighting them will reveal the answer.

Feel free to have your say about what you liked or disliked in the discussion after the analysis.  There’s also the star ratings, click on your star opinion to show what you thought.  New posters should note that your first post may take a little time to appear as they are moderated to prevent spammers causing havoc.

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Toughie 208

Toughie No 208 by Excalibur

Any Hidden Gems?

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

This is my first attempt to blog a Toughie, so this should be an interesting exercise.

When I did the crossword, I was not overly impressed, however as I started to write this up, I found that I actually enjoyed some of the clues more than I had when I did it. However I also found a number of cryptic and double definitions that just didn’t work for me at all, in that usually when you get a good cryptic or double definition you like to have a “eureka” moment, whereas here it was more like, oh so that’s it is it…. ho hum.

As usual feel free to let us know what you thought of the crossword either by voting for it, or by leaving a comment.

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DT 26022

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26022

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

After yesterday’s bank-holiday saunter we have a slightly more taxing excursion today, but nothing too extreme. The surface readings are excellent.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets, so that you only see the ones you choose to see – just select the white space between the brackets to reveal the answer.

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DT 26021

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26021

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle would make an excellent introduction for someone new to cryptic crosswords.  All of the main elements of a good puzzle are here, and with the exception of the rather unusual definition used in 18 across, many of you will have completed and understood it without recourse to a dictionary.  Thanks once again to Rufus, our Monday Maestro, for putting a smile on our faces on this Bank Holiday Monday.

If you were expecting Tilsit today, he will be here on Wednesdays in future.

Feel free to add your comments while the review is in preparation.

You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.

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DT 26020 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26020 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

Saturday’s puzzles have improved since the number of names has been reduced – just the one boy today!  Let’s hope that future puzzles are as good or better than this one.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. A full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 3rd September.

After reviewing the Saturday puzzles for over six months, this week Peter Biddlecombe is taking over the review of the Sunday puzzle.  You have already seen that Gazza and Libellule have swapped the Thursday and Friday reviews.  Next week Tilsit and I are swapping the Monday and Wednesday reviews.  In addition Libellule will be doing his first Toughie review on Tuesday.

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