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ST 2501

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2501

After the Lord Mayor’s show?

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

(This is written without looking at the Sunday hints message to see what’s been said so far.) We couldn’t really expect this puzzle to match the anniversary one last week, and we’re back to everyday fare here. There are some fairly easy clues, especially for old hands, but there’s lots of crossword-setting craft – in particular, consistently solid surface meanings. 3D is a particular favourite of mine, being a former distance runner, conjuring up images of someone like Emil Zatopek, whose laboured style can be seen in this film about his rivalry with Alan Mimoun. Meanwhile, back to the clues ….

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Toughie 219

Toughie No 219 by Osmosis

The Robots of Dawn

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

I found this puzzle to be a bit too mechanical.  The clues are all technically correct (although you might question some of the indicators) but somehow lacking in that Wow! factor.

I will be interested to know what you think, so leave a comment to say whether you agree or disagree.

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DT 26037

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26037

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Friday’s puzzle is more often than not both the most difficult and the most entertaining one of the week, and this one is no exception. I have reservations about a couple of the clues, but overall it was very enjoyable.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – if you’re stuck you can highlight the white space inside to reveal them.
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DT 26032

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26032

A full analysis by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment: ***

My first bite at the Saturday Puzzle, and until this week it has tended to be the last of the weekend puzzles that I solve, simply because the others usually have themes or gimmicks that I love to solve.  In most papers the Saturday puzzle is usually the most difficult of the week, but I don’t think this applies to the DT.  However, it will now be the top of the list each week.  I hope my reviews are as helpful as Peter’s were and if not, I’m sure you’ll let me know.

This was an interesting puzzle and is a curious mix of clues with some fine ones, plus one or two duds.  The Telegraph is spoilt for cryptic definition clue writers, as Monday’s Maestro is probably one of the finest exponents of this genre around, and I sometimes think that even he overeggs the pudding occasionally.  As a result, other attempts at cryptic definitions often hit the target, but not the bull, to use an expression from archery.

Anyway, let’s have a look at last Saturday’s challenge.  One of the first things I notice is the brevity of clue writing in most cases.  On first inspection that suggests to me a preponderance of cryptic definitions.  Let’s see if I’m right.

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Toughie 218

Toughie No 218 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Tilsit has had to go to the clinic, so I have produced this review at short notice.

A tough but, as you might expect from Giovanni, extremely fair puzzle that surprised me by including my local town among the answers.

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Toughie 217

Toughie No 217 by MynoT
O-Level Examination

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

Having completely failed to notice (until it was pointed out) that only one vowel was used in all the answers in each of MynoT’s last three Toughies, I was on the lookout for this one! However, even when you’ve grasped what’s going on, it’s far from easy, with some pretty obscure words. You get a real sense of satisfaction from finishing a puzzle like this, and I really enjoyed it.

As usual we’d love to get your views via a comment.

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DT 26035

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26035

A Grumpy Old Man writes……

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley  where I have been largely incarcerated in my flat , as the old illness has been playing up.  One of the joys of my imprisonment, apart from the chance to get my blood nice and angry watching the Jeremy Kyle Show and other daytime delights, has been that I have been solving (and compiling) quite a few crosswords from all of the national newspapers.

This has left me in a bit of a dilemma about today’s cryptic.  While I am sure that a few of you will feel happy about it because you have been able to solve it, I actually feel cheated of a challenge with it. I just felt it was not worthy of its place in a national newspaper. Some of the clues were utterly dreadful and downright unfair.    If you are asked to name a little boy, would you think of the answer NAT?  An answer worthy of the new BBC2 daytime quiz show Pointless, where the object is to get answers no-one thinks of.

I am not sure who the setter was today but it was almost my fastest Telegraph solve of all time.

Time for you to feel the love.

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Toughie 216

Toughie No 216 by Busman

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This may not have been the most difficult Toughie, but it was very enjoyable. A well written crossword with a number of amusing clues and answers…

Comments appreciated.

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DT 26034

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26034

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

We have another interesting Tuesday puzzle from the setter who likes single-word answers. There’s something of a bird theme in today’s down clues, including one that I’d never heard of.
As usual, the answers, if you want to see them, are hidden inside the curly brackets – just highlight the white space between the brackets to reveal them.
Your comments, as always, are very welcome.

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DT 26033

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26033

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The usuall gentle start to the week, ideal for those who are cryptic novices but still enjoyable for the more experienced solvers.

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