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Toughie 2873

Toughie No 2873 by Dada
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I had no idea who set this puzzle when I solved it. I suspected Dada but not enough to place a wager. 16 of the clues have unchecked first letters which together with some rather stretched synonyms made for a tougher solve than usual for a Tuesday

 

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8a.… Continue reading

DT 30016

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30016
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Miffypops Rating – Difficulty Last nights beer had an effect – Enjoyment I enjoy them all, ish. This was a delight 

Beavers rating (I think he liked it) Difficulty ******Enjoyment *****

Good Morning Continue reading “DT 30016”

EV 1542 by Stick Insect

EV 1542: Battle by Stick Insect – a Setter’s Blog

Extra letters give FIGHTING WITH HIM WAS LIKE TRYING TO SOLVE A CROSSWORD, from Red by TAYLOR SWIFT; the line ends ‘…and realising there is no right answer’, hence SWIFT is removed with the cells shaded red.

Some crosswords come from a subject dear to the setter’s heart, which he’s keen to share with others.… Continue reading

DT 30003

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30003
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Beaver Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ****

Good Morning on this sunny bank holiday Thursday. I made harder work than normal of this puzzle than I ought to have done. Who knows why? It’s all fairly doable from the definitions and wordplay. Continue reading “DT 30003”

DT 29998

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29998
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Good Morning from the bottom of the Barrel. Deep Threat is on holiday in France so we’ve generously given him a full break from blogging. Today we have a fine puzzle from one of my favourite setters. Continue reading “DT 29998”

DT 29991

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29991

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Good morning from The Roseland Peninsula where Nurse Ninepence and I are enjoying a holiday with my recently bereaved sister Susan. We will be enjoying a late lunch at Nare Hotel on their Quarterdeck if the sun stays out Continue reading “DT 29991”