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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 30545 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30545 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Crypticsue has come down with a bad case of the lurgy this morning so I’m providing a few hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.… Continue reading

DT 30539 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30539

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 17th Feb 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A fairly gentle and straightforward Saturday puzzle from NY Doorknob that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable comment.Continue reading

Toughie 3223

Toughie No 3223 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I thought that Silvanus had upped his difficulty level a smidgen with this very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks to him.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you liked about the puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 3223”

DT 30543

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,543
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

Good morning from Welwyn Garden City. I have no inside information on the identity of today’s setter, but I found the puzzle slightly trickier than a “normal” Thursday and the grid was not particularly user-friendly.… Continue reading

Toughie 3222

Toughie No 3222 by Stick Insect

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Toughie Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Stick Insect’s turn to provide the Wednesday Toughie – this one has lots of opportunities to brush up on your knowledge of abbreviations

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DT 30542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30542

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa
Another beautiful summer day for us here. Just what we need for a painting project that we have on at present. We are tackling it in ‘bite sized pieces’ suitable for painters of advancing years and hope to have family joining us at the weekend, paint brushes in hand, ready to take care of the high and hard to reach bits.… Continue reading