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DT 29157 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29157

Hints and tips by Blogden Nash

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the sunny Yorkshire Dales where Saint Sharon and I have enjoyed the weekend (apart from the spider). I enjoyed today’s puzzle which contains just enough to stretch the grey matter over the last couple in. Home today after a drive over the Buttertubs. Continue reading “DT 29157”

Toughie 2298 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2298 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another tightly-clued puzzle by Osmosis with lovely surface readings. I kicked myself realising I could have made my life quite a bit simpler in SE by using the pangram

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

DT 29155 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29155

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny September morning.

I found today’s Giovanni very accessible, with only the oily substance at 19d giving me any trouble.… Continue reading

DT 29150 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29150

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th September 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Finished in a ‘back page time’ rather than a time I’d expect to take for Saturday Prize Puzzle (as we used to know and love them).… Continue reading

Toughie 2297 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2297 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’m not sure what I made of this one. I never really warmed to it but at the same time never ran into any significant problems. I’m not sure why because there were some nice touches (though I didn’t care much for the cryptic definitions). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I’ll be interested to see what other solvers made of it. Continue reading “Toughie 2297”

ST 3019 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3019

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 1st September 2019

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

A tricky Dada offering but full of fun – I particularly liked 23a 9d and 17d. I removed half an enjoyment star as I thought five double definition clues was at least one too many.… Continue reading

Toughie 2296 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2296 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There’s nothing too tricky here but I did find, especially when writing the hints, that a significant number of the clues require lots of little bits to be assembled including many abbreviations.… Continue reading

DT 29153 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29153

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

This morning we woke to find a white frost. We thought we had had our last one of these for the season but nature had other ideas. At least a calm fine day has followed.

We found this Jay puzzle at the trickier end of his spectrum and have given it three stars for difficulty and even wondered whether it should have more than that. Lots of fun as usual with some rather scrumptious anagrams.

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Toughie 2295 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2295 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The days of Fluffy Tuesdays seem to be history. While not the toughest of puzzles, this one was certainly challenging. Continue reading “Toughie 2295”

DT 29152 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29152

Hints and tips by Mr K

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

Hello, everyone.  They say that good things come in threes.  Illustrating that adage to perfection, for the third week in a row we’ve been given a wonderful crossword composed by Telegraph Puzzles Editor Chris Lancaster.  It also features, in 2d, Gary Jones' winning entry in the clue-writing competition from March's Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter (sign up here to get the Newsletter for free).  Congratulations, Gary.  I enjoyed this crossword immensely.  I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone else thought of it.  Continue reading "DT 29152"