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DT 30026

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30026

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand has a brand new national holiday. In traditional Maori culture a significant ‘turning’ of the seasons was noted at the same time that a particular star cluster appeared in the pre-dawn sky. Most of the world knows these stars as Pleiades but here they are Matariki.… Continue reading

DT 30020

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30020

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week.

Our procession of violent, wet cold fronts has now moved away and we are back to a much more acceptable type of winter weather. Crisp, frosty mornings preceding calm days with clear, blue skies.… Continue reading

DT 30014

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30014

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We have had horrendous weather this last week. A series of frontal systems have followed each other bringing strong winds, thunder storms, lots of rain and heavy snow in some areas (though not for us). It has just gone on and on and everyone is heartily sick of it.… Continue reading

DT 30008

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30008

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

On our regular walk yesterday we just happened to have a phone handy and snapped a small group of Royal Spoonbills feeding close to our path. We’ve put this picture at the end of the blog.

Just what we expect for a Wednesday puzzle once again.… Continue reading

DT 30002

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30002

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Last week’s gallivanting from one kiwi is now over so we are back to our usual team effort again.

Our New Zealand winter weather pattern is firmly in place and we’ve had several wet days recently, interspersed with clear crisp frosty ones.… Continue reading

DT 29996

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29996

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week. Carol is away gallivanting with a group of very long term friends.

I notice that the Toughie is by Logman so this delightful, tricky in places, puzzles is almost certainly not by Jay.… Continue reading

DT 29990

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29990

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

On our constitutional earlier this morning, when walking beside the river, we spotted a round full moon dipping towards the western horizon while in the middle distance our resident flock of 17 royal spoonbills were standing to attention on the exposed tidal flats of the estuary.… Continue reading

DT 29984

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29984

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The weather gods are still smiling on us and the wonderful autumn conditions continue. A bit of southerly air has sneaked in though in the last few days dropping the temperature enough to have us lighting the fire in the evenings.… Continue reading

DT 29978

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29978

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our beautiful autumn weather continues and we have even had a couple of evenings when we lit the wood-fire. As much for the cheery glow as really needing the extra heat.
Our family have reminded us that it is International Star Wars Day so ‘May the Fourth be with you’.… Continue reading

DT 29972

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29972

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Our pleasant autumn weather continues. Long may it last.

We note that Jay as Logman has set today’s Toughie so we can be pretty certain that this is by a different setter. We found it quite a lot harder than we are used to on a Wednesday with quite a lot of GK required in places.… Continue reading