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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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Toughie 3031

Toughie No 3031 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus is not too tricky today but the enjoyment factor is as high as ever. I had problems in keeping my ‘likes’ down to a manageable level. Thanks to him.Continue reading

DT 30254

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30254

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Today our thoughts go back to a day in May 2015. We were visiting the UK and staying in Oxford for a couple of days with our good friend Kath, from the blog. Big Dave and Pam and several others from the blog came to visit and we all had an enjoyable day together.… Continue reading

ST 3203 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3203

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 12th Mar 2023

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

Greetings from Kolkata. Dada has given us a slightly tough Sunday puzzle but overall an enjoyable one and now I present to you a full review of the puzzle.Continue reading

DT 30253

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30253
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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

Good morning. A superb example of a crossword with clues that are elegant and concise, deceptive but fair, and with consistently amusing surface readings. Continue reading “DT 30253”