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DT 30628

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30628

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Today’s quirky and enjoyable puzzle was more straightforward than we sometimes get from this setter.  Continue reading "DT 30628"

DT 30623 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30623

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 25th May 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A pleasant and straightforward Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.
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Toughie 3279

Toughie No 3279 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Beam is here to delight his many fans again (he seems to appear regularly on a 4-week cycle). He’s included all his usual trademarks and as always provides a few synonyms that require some head-scratching.

I was held up for some time on 6d as I read the first word of the clue as ‘flat’ – I do need to go to Specsavers!

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you liked about the puzzle.
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DT 30627

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,627
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

I have my own thoughts as to who the compiler might be today, but I will leave it to you, dear reader, to play Guess the Setter.  A good mix of clues, smooth surfaces, clever wordplay and plenty of smiles along the way.… Continue reading

DT 30626

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30626

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Yesterday we noticed that the name of the setter for the Cryptic appeared on the website so hoped that, after all this time, the tradition of secret setters was to end. Alas there is no entry with today’s puzzle so we are back to the guessing game.… Continue reading