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Toughie 1849

Toughie No 1849 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Petitjean continues to entertain us with no hint that the store of puzzles he left for us is coming to an end – long may they continue. There are a couple of sporting references which may cause problems for some but I found this one fairly gentle.… Read More

DT 28483

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28483

Hints and tips by ShropshireLad

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

Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday Blog which I have the privilege of doing whilst our 2Ks are on holiday. This is a lovely puzzle as you would expect from Jay, although it is at the very easy end of his difficulty spectrum.… Read More

Toughie 1848

Toughie No 1848 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi, and welcome all to another Tuesday Toughie.

The note by the puzzle in today’s dead tree edition of the puzzle reads, “Congratulations to today’s compiler on her 100th Toughie.”  A note from BD informs me that this is only her 98th, and our count from the list of compilers on the Telegraph website agrees. … Read More

DT 28482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28482

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and welcome.  Thanks to BD for standing in last week when travel took me out of internet range for several days.  I’ve now had a chance to solve last Tuesday’s puzzle and, like many of you, I wondered what it was doing in that slot.  I would have given it at least four stars for difficulty.  On the other hand, there were several great clues so I’d be happy to see another puzzle from that setter if it came with a sprinkling of easier entries.  Today, I’d say that we’re back to normal Tuesday levels of difficulty.  I found this puzzle a curious mix of clues so simple that I wondered if I was missing something and of complex clues so original and so enjoyable that they generated very big smiles.  I did wonder if the setter has been paying attention to recent discussions of solver demographics because pensioners and senior citizens both make appearances in the clues, and we also have a song that became popular decades before I was born.  Or perhaps, like many seemingly unlikely crossword coincidences, it really is all just a coincidence.… Read More

DT 28481

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28481

Hints and tips by an over-the-moon Miffypops

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Thank you to Rufus for today’s chance to solve a cryptic puzzle. Congratulations to both Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s winners at Wimbledon this weekend. The smiles of the Ladies’ winner were the highlight of the weekend

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1847

Toughie No 1847 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another corker from Elgar. This is his 119th Toughie puzzle, and the 15-letter Nina relates to that. I was worried at first when I spent ‘some time’ staring at the grid getting nowhere.… Read More

DT 28479

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28479

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Devon, where I’m playing in a croquet tournament this week. I’m a bit short of time, so no pictures this week.

Plenty of anagrams and part anagrams this week from Giovanni, making this a fairly straightforward solve for me.… Read More

DT 28474

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28474

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on Sunday 2nd July

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! This probably would have been a one star time if I were not enjoying the conversations in Macclesfield.… Read More

Toughie 1846

Toughie No 1846 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everybody.  As I was remiss and didn’t include pictures on Tuesday I am required to make up the time on today’s puzzle.  Or perhaps, BD had already offered it to me in Macclesfield.  One of the two.  Anyway, since I can’t say no to a bit of bloggage, here I am.… Read More

DT 28478

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28478

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning all and welcome to another RayThursday.  It was a game of two halves for me.  I went through the across clues and only got four of them so I thought I might be in for a fair old struggle. … Read More