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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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Sunday Toughie 36 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 36 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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The top half today fairly flew off my keyboard last night but I slowed down in the south. I still finished in a fastish time for a proXimal.
A surfeit of fish (2d et passim) today and even a drop of booze (3d 23d) gin and a glass of Italian sparkling wine (6d)

I have hinted half of an uneven 16a and 14d but welcome discussion about unhinted clues that may have just missed the hardness cutoff.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1559 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1559 (Hints)

Save by Vismut

Hints and tips by Phibs

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In several European languages, ‘vismut’ translates to ‘bismuth’. My university thesis (in the dim and distant past) concerned the photoelectron spectroscopy of oxidation catalysis by bismuth molybdate. I can’t see that being relevant here.

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ST 3180 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3180 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is getting to be more and more autumnal especially as we have had at least two frosty mornings this week.

For me, Dada slightly more friendly than last week with a touch of quirkiness – three crackerjack long uns, eight anagrams (five partials), one not an anagram, two lurkers, and two homophones – all in a very asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30107 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30107 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A lovely autumn morning in East Kent with an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle to solve. We have to play Guess the Setter this morning and my 50p would probably go on this being the work of Chalicea, mostly because of the solution to 19d having a less usual definition.
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Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading

DT 30106

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30106

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

After last week’s topsy-turviness, back to a regular roster of setters for this week.  So, which member of the Friday triumvirate do we have today? … Continue reading

DT 30101 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30101

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 24th Sep 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A friendly and straightforward Saturday puzzle from X-Type that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 2931

Toughie No 2931 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for an entertaining puzzle containing two first-rate all-in-one clues for which I’ve awarded an additional half-star for enjoyment. There is a Nina for which you need to arrange the four three-letter answers in a specific order.Continue reading

DT 30105

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30105

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to a RayT Thursday crossword that produced lots of smiles during the solve. I felt a little off-wavelength today and, since the hinting deadline leaves no breathing space for putting a puzzle aside to percolate, I had to turn to the Chambers Crossword Dictionary a few times in my search for synonyms. I’m blaming a day full of meetings and PowerPoints.  Continue reading "DT 30105"