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ST 3101

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3101

A full review by Big Dave

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This puzzle was published on 28th March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our Sunday Setter was in a generous mood and gave us a reasonably straightforward puzzle this week. Continue reading “ST 3101”

Toughie 2621

Toughie No 2621 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Apologies for the lateness of the blog, but an overnight upgrade of Windows 10 nearly wrecked my laptop – I still have a lot to recover.

Another enjoyable puzzle from Donnybrook. Continue reading “Toughie 2621”

DT 29642

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29642

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I had my second dose of Moderna earlier today, and I was happy to get the hints done before any side-effects appeared. Given that they are proof that the vaccine is doing its thing, I'm not sure if I want them or not. Anyway, we're here to talk about the crossword, so let's move on to that. The long anagrams in today's puzzle provided an early foothold from which I was able to make steady progress. I found a few of the surface readings rather odd. I'd grade it as a solid Tuesday puzzle with nothing super taxing.  Continue reading "DT 29642"

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