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DT 30019

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30019

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Our setter this week appears to have politics and hospital grumbles on their mind. I do hope that’s not the result of any unhappy real event. It’s all presented with smooth surfaces, disguised definitions, and quite a few smiles along the way that made for an enjoyable solve. Continue reading "DT 30019"

DT 30013

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30013

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone.  I enjoyed today’s puzzle more than most. Thought it had some excellent clues where the answer emerged from just following the wordplay instructions.  Great fun all round.  Continue reading "DT 30013"

DT 30001

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30001

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome. Subscribers to the Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter may have seen today’s 1a highlighted in the Clue of the week announcement “This week's best recent clue, based on feedback from solvers, is from Jim Coulson's Telegraph Crossword of Tuesday, May 24”.  Not quite sure what’s going on there with the flow of time, but it is a good clue and there are several indications that today’s setter is indeed Mr Coulson, aka X-Type.  So thanks go to him for today’s solving pleasure. Continue reading "DT 30001"

DT 29995

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29995

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I thought that today's back pager was just excellent, with many clues having clever twists and turns lurking beneath smooth surface readings. A few amusing topical references too. I would very much like to see more puzzles like this.  Continue reading "DT 29995"

DT 29989

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29989

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found today's puzzle a straightforward grid-fill that required a couple of dictionary queries to verify what had to be the definitions (does that count as an unaided solve?). I wonder if our setter will drop in later to say hello.  I've made an effort today to address the concerns of readers who commented on the recent paucity of cat pics. Continue reading "DT 29989"

DT 29983

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29983

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. Today’s offering felt to me like a standard Tuesday puzzle.  Apologies for the sparse illustrations. I’ll try to add more later in the day. Continue reading "DT 29983"

DT 29977

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29977

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I thought today’s puzzle was standard Tuesday fare, with nothing too obscure or convoluted to disrupt the solve.  Continue reading "DT 29977"

DT 29971

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29971

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  Took me longer than usual to get into this nice puzzle, but it all fell into place eventually. I'm swamped at work, so there was not a lot of time today to search for pics. I hope normal service will be restored next week.  Continue reading "DT 29971"

DT 29965

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29965

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday.  I found today's offering enjoyable and refreshing, with a few clues requiring some out of the box thinking that easily warranted an extra enjoyment star. I hope that our compiler puts in an appearance later today to claim ownership of a very fine crossword.  Continue reading "DT 29965"