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DT 29208

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29208

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. I’m fairly sure that this crossword is by proXimal if only because, apart from the ‘X’, it’s a pangram and that’s his trademark. I found it tricky in places but maybe not quite as much as some of his.… Continue reading

ST 3028

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3028

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 3rd October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I found this a thoroughly fun puzzle to solve in a 2 star time and feel that Mr Halpern is consistently hitting the spot in the Sunday spot after (as I recall) some howls of protest at the start. Thanks to him for maintaining a style and level that appeals as the Sunday puzzle did under the previous auspices of Mr Greer. Continue reading “ST 3028”

Toughie 2332

Toughie No 2332 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very pleasant puzzle which didn’t pose too many difficulties – thanks to Donnybrook.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading

DT 29207

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29207

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Over the last few days we have missed some of our regular beach walks because of various routine dental and medical appointments. Far less interesting to write about in the preamble so we’ll move straight on to today’s Jay puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2331

Toughie No 2331 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I guess there are no rules as to what distinguishes a Toughie from a back-page puzzle, but Giovanni seems to think that it means plumbing the depths of the BRB for obscure words and meanings. As far as I am concerned this makes for a very dull puzzle, others may have a different opinion. Continue reading “Toughie 2331”

DT 29206

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29206

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I thought today’s puzzle was just excellent.  It’s filled with original constructions and penny drops that produced a succession of smiles, and that’s all combined with some very smooth surface readings.  I have my suspicions about the setter – perhaps he’ll comment later to confirm that it’s one of his?  Continue reading "DT 29206"

DT 29205

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29205

Hints and tips by Ferdinand the Imposter

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the rain sodden heart of Downtown LI where The River Itchen has broken its banks and formed the occasional but beautiful Lake Itchington.Continue reading

Toughie 2330

Toughie No 2330 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 137th Telegraph Toughie. I hope you still have your disco shoes. The long entry, part of the theme, is the link to the number 137.… Continue reading

DT 29198

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29198

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 2nd November 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Even allowing for the ‘deliberate error’ in 13d, I thought this an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle (which made a very nice change)   Continue reading “DT 29198”

Toughie 2329

Toughie 2329 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought this Hudson Toughie about the right difficulty level for a Thursday, even if it did leave me more than a bit peckish.

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