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DT Cryptic No 25897

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25897

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

We have come to know what to expect on a Wednesday – a good solid, enjoyable puzzle.

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Toughie No 124

Toughie No 124 by Jed

One of the easier Toughies

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

After last Friday’s struggle, I found this one to be much easier.  As always when a puzzle contains four long answers, getting at least two of these early on is the key to success.

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DT Cryptic No 25896

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25896

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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

This puzzle was a pleasure to tackle with its large number of cleverly-worded clues.

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DT Cryptic No 25895

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25895

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Well, was it worth waiting for?  After all the fuss with the CluedUp site, what we got was another typical Monday Crossword.  Not too difficult, nothing contentious, just a good puzzle to start the week

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Toughie No 123

Toughie No 123 by Excalibur

Toughies don’t come Tougher than this!

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

Was because it was the morning after the night before, or was it really tough, let me know?  I struggled with this and after half an hour had managed about four clues.  I did get to the end without calling on the CluedUp letter hints, but it was heavy going.

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ST Cryptic No 2477 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2477 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Yet another good Sunday puzzle – not as difficult as last week’s but just as enjoyable.

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DT Cryptic No 25888 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25888 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

A better grid than the last couple – all entries at least 50% checked, and no isolated areas of the grid. I got through most of this pretty easily, but struggled with the NE corner, where 4, 5, 9 and the last word of 6 took longer than the rest put together.


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Toughie No 122

Toughie No 122 by Kcit

Today’s hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Today’s Toughie is one of the easier ones, which means it’s a good one to start if you haven’t tried them before.  My two star difficulty rating would put it at about three stars for a regular daily cryptic.

[OK BigBoab, there are one or two tricky words, but then you finish this puzzle wiser than when you started!]

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