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ST Cryptic No 2474 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2474 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

As regular followers of my reviews are aware by now, I have not been a great fan of the Sunday crosswords.  Well, thing are looking up a bit and, for the second week running,  I actually enjoyed this one.  A few weak clues, too many double definitions, and a grid which isolated the top right and bottom left corners means that there is still room for improvement, but a definite step in the right direction. Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2474 – Review”

DT Cryptic No 25870 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25870 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***


A bit of a geography tour, this one. An easyish puzzle, though one or two words held me up a bit – finding the right “word – A = other word” at 17 in particular. * indicates an anagram in the notes below.

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Toughie No 110

Toughie No 110 by Jed

A very easy Toughie – have a go at this one!

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment **

I look forward four days a week to battling with the Toughie.  This one was a pale impersonation of a Toughie, and was easier than the standard daily cryptic. Continue reading “Toughie No 110”

DT Cryptic No 25874

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25874

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A good, honest puzzle with some clever clues. As usual, if you cannot get the answer even with the hint, select the white space inside the curly brackets to reveal it.

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Toughie No 109

Toughie No 109 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This one is not as difficult as yesterday’s. I was held up on 19d because I initially read the last word of the clue as TURN rather than TUM. It’s an easy mistake to make with lower-case letters, but I’ll have to get new glasses!

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DT Cryptic No 25873

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25873

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Not too easy, not too hard, but then it is the middle of the week.

Don’t forget – just highlight the space between the curly brackets to reveal the answer.

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Toughie No 108

Toughie No 108 by Excalibur

A difficult Toughie with some tenuous clues

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

I found this a difficult Toughie and, for me, it was spoilt by the tenuous nature of some of the clues.  It’s always difficult when 1 across, often the key to open the whole puzzle, is as awkward as it has been today.

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DT Cryptic No 25872

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25872

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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

An interesting and varied collection of clues, slightly more difficult than yesterday’s but worth the effort to tease out. As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space inside if you’re totally stumped.

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DT Cryptic No 25871

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25871

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

If you have been lulled into a false sense of security by recent Monday puzzles, you may find this one  little harder.

Don’t forget – just highlight the space between the curly brackets to reveal the answer.

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