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DT 30534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30534

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather continues to be unseasonably mild. We are midway through Winterlude, our annual winter carnival and the Rideau Canal skateway, undoubtedly the major attraction of the festival, has been closed for the duration of the event due to unsafe ice conditions.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30522

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Greetings from an unseasonably warm Ottawa. It is not quite T-shirt and shorts weather – but closer to it than to a normal Ottawa winter. A portion of our Rideau Canal skateway managed to open for a few days but had to be closed again due to the warm temperatures.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30510

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we have just experienced our first major snow storm of the winter. While temperatures remain moderate (a bit below freezing), that is about to change as the polar vortex that has hovered over Senf for the past week moves eastward and, by next weekend, we will have our turn to ‘enjoy’ the frigid temperatures that have been affecting western Canada.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30498

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Greetings from Ottawa and Happy New Year to commenters, lurkers, fellow bloggers and setters.

Chris Lancaster has very graciously provided me with advance copies of today’s puzzles so I am writing this review a couple of days before it will appear on the blog.… Continue reading

DT 30486

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30486

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing a very mild lead-up to the holiday season with barely enough snow on the ground to notice. As this will be my last appearance before the big day, let me wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.… Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30474

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Greetings from Ottawa, where the first significant snowfall of the season is forecast, although so far barely enough has accumulated to cover the ground. However, I expect to be confronted with a different situation when I awake in the morning.… Continue reading

DT 30456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30456

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Greetings from Ottawa where, after a brief taste of winter, temperatures are expected to climb to a bit above historical averages.

I found today’s puzzle quite a bit more difficult than we are accustomed to on Monday.… Continue reading

DT 30450

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30450

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Greetings from Ottawa, where Senf’s weather system has yet to reach us and will have warmed considerably by the time it does, giving us a fair amount of rain rather than the mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets, and snow that he experienced.… Continue reading

DT 30438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30438

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Greetings from Ottawa, where lazy days lounging in the warm summer sun by the lake have ended for another year and I am busy preparing for the onslaught of the cold snowy days of winter that lie ahead.… Continue reading

DT 30420

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30420

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Greetings from Ottawa, where summer continues to linger – in fact, the weather is getting more summery by the day. I am taking advantage of it by spending an extended  weekend at a lake well outside the city where I am off-grid – so dealing with a few technical challenges in preparing and posting this review.… Continue reading