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Toughie 2622

Toughie No 2622 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Hudson has given us a witty and very enjoyable puzzle today – many thanks to him. The crossword is notable for two reasons – a) it is a double pangram and b) it has no anagrams.… Continue reading

DT 29643

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29643

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The biannual clock adjustments have now been made so we are now on ‘Winter Blogging Time’.
This means that we get the puzzles and start working on them at 11.00am whereas it does not happen for us until 1.00pm during the summer.… Continue reading

ST 3101

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3101

A full review by Big Dave

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This puzzle was published on 28th March 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our Sunday Setter was in a generous mood and gave us a reasonably straightforward puzzle this week. Continue reading “ST 3101”

Toughie 2621

Toughie No 2621 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Apologies for the lateness of the blog, but an overnight upgrade of Windows 10 nearly wrecked my laptop – I still have a lot to recover.

Another enjoyable puzzle from Donnybrook. Continue reading “Toughie 2621”

DT 29642

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29642

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. I had my second dose of Moderna earlier today, and I was happy to get the hints done before any side-effects appeared. Given that they are proof that the vaccine is doing its thing, I'm not sure if I want them or not. Anyway, we're here to talk about the crossword, so let's move on to that. The long anagrams in today's puzzle provided an early foothold from which I was able to make steady progress. I found a few of the surface readings rather odd. I'd grade it as a solid Tuesday puzzle with nothing super taxing.  Continue reading "DT 29642"

DT 29641

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29641

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where I know that Spring has sprung because the swallows are back form their travels.  Unfortunately the weather forecasters don’t agree and say it’s going to go cold and wet for a few days from Wednesday before normal service is resumed next week. Oh well, they aren’t always right.

Today we have a pretty normal Monday puzzle. I thought it was going to be a bit tricky when I only got six of the acrosses on first pass but then the downs came to the rescue in a big way, yielding ten out of the fourteen clues.  The missing answers just filled themselves in after that leaving me wondering why I missed them the first time.  Just being a bit slow I guess.
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EV 1481 (Hints)

-V 1481: M-nd — — by -r–x

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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The Numpties can make no preliminary comments on the compiler this week as the solver has to spend a few amusing minutes working out who he or she is and sorting out what the solver is required to do.… Continue reading

ST 3102 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3102 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Easter Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Monday, at 3:00 pm, we were enjoying a balmy and record high temperature, for the date, of plus 19 degrees when 24 hours of what is euphemistically called Active Spring Weather arrived – high winds up to 90 km/hr, snow, and, on Tuesday, at 3:00 pm, a high temperature of minus 7 degrees!… Continue reading