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DT 30163

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30163
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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

Good morning.  Thank you to Gazza for filling in for me last Tuesday.
I found this Tuesday’s puzzle quite a knotty test in parts with more than the usual pauses for thought, but a satisfying feeling of having successfully risen to the challenge at the end. Continue reading “DT 30163”

DT 30162

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30162

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Another chilly morning but at least it’s sunny with no wind.

Campbell appears to have taken a leaf out of RayT’s book this week and stretched a few of his synonyms a bit.  Still, it was the usual Monday elegance and not too difficult. Seven clues involving anagrams should give you a good start if you don’t have the general knowledge required in 24a the answer is easily guessable from the checkers.
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Sunday Toughie 45 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 45 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this quite tricky last night, but sitting here and parsing it I don’t know why (I do now – I cannot spot an &lit for toffee). Zandio brings us a nice even 14a and 14d clues and I have hinted half (with a few bonus picture hints along the way)

Here we go…

 

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EV 1568 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1568 (Hints)

Baby’s First Words by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor needs no introduction for EV solvers. Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that he has been setting them since 2010 and this will be his 44th in the series. We know that he will give us a challenge and that we can expect one of a range of scientific, cultural and theatrical themes.… Continue reading

ST 3189 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3189 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, at the beginning of the month, we already have enough snow on the ground and appropriate temperatures that will ensure that we will have a White Christmas. … Continue reading