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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 30587 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30587

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 13th Apr 2024

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

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

Toughie 3255

Toughie No 3255 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Silvanus has given us a fairly gentle Toughie with his usual smooth surfaces – many thanks to him.

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DT 30591

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,591
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Good morning dear puzzlers and a glorious sunny morning it is here in Welwyn Garden City. However, I believe that the temperature is going to struggle to get above 100, so the budgie smugglers can stay in the drawer or another week or two.… Continue reading

DT 30590

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30590
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Carol and Colin are on a jaunt today so I have the pleasure of blogging this enjoyable puzzle.

When I printed off the puzzle from the old puzzles site this morning the first two words of 11a were missing so that the clue lacked a definition. That has now been corrected online but I don’t know what appeared in the newspaper.

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Toughie 3253

Toughie No 3253 by Zenas
Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

I’m sure many of us have been wondering who Zenas is. I was certainly baffled. Thanks (as ever) to the omniscient Gazza, I’m able to say it’s someone you all know.

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DT 30589

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30589

Hints and tips by Senf

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

As Huntsman told us last Tuesday, once again he has temporarily left the environs of Harpenden, this time for the Florida Panhandle for the purpose of aerodynamic testing of small white spherical objects while avoiding the ‘gators. … Continue reading