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DT 30635 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30635

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 8th June 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A good, pleasant Saturday puzzle from the setter that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.… Continue reading

Toughie 3287

Toughie No 3287 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Silvanus for an enjoyable and not too brain-mangling puzzle. The only clue which held me up was 17d where I needed all the checkers and verification from the BRB.

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DT30639

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,639
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from sunny Sevilla.  Our second visit here and what a beautiful city.  The weather has been sensational, the architecture is stunning and the food and drink offer is first class. … Continue reading

DT 30638

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30638

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A busy time for us as we have just returned from a trip to Wellington. Yesterday’s puzzles were solved in a hospital waiting room as Carol was having an eye cataract procedure. It all went perfectly and we stayed last night with family near Wellington.… Continue reading

Toughie 3285

Toughie No 3285 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by ALP

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

A warm welcome back to Chalicea who’s been remarkably sparing with her magic dictionary today. She has, in fact, been typically kind. Good, honest entertainment and – as ever – plenty of smiles.

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DT 30637

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30637
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

Having successfully dodged the rain on the golf course yesterday it’s another dash to South Herts to see if we can manage to do so again today.… Continue reading