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DT 30612

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30612

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Hola from Almoradí where spring has made a welcome return.  The weather is really very nice at the moment with blue skies, light wind and temperatures reaching the mid-twenties during the afternoons.  From now on it will slowly get hotter and hotter until we get to mid-August.

I don’t think many of you will need the hints today as the puzzle has six anagrams and a few gimmes so there’s plenty of checkers available to help with the rest of the clues.  I’ll be interested in your comments to see if I’m right.
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DT 30600

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30600

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Hola from Almoradí where spring seems to have taken a break. The weather has turned cold and wet and it was so dark yesterday that we had the light on in the kitchen all day! Today’s looking pretty much the same! The forecast says that normal service won’t be resumed until Thursday!

Nothing to frighten the horses today but 18d did give me “pause for thought” as they say.  There’s six clues involving anagrams so there’s plenty of checkers easily available. I don’t think many of you will need the hints today.
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DT 30588

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30588

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Hola from Almoradí on a bright and sunny morning.  Spring has definitely sprung now and people, even Spanish, are beginning to appear wearing shorts.  Not me thought.  The temperature has to top 25°C for me to get the shorts out!

Today’s crossword is the usual Monday fare. Mostly straightforward but with a couple to scratch the head over. It didn’t help that I mistyped the last letter of 26d as an E which made 30a impossible.  Spotted my error eventually and all was well.
Not sure about the setter as, unless I’m missing something, there’s only one pun in the quick crossword.
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DT 30576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30576

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Hola from Almoradí where we’ve had practically no rain at all since last September. Easter Sunday arrives, when there’s a big parade scheduled, and what happens? You got it, it peed down all day!  Parade cancelled!

As to the crossword it’s pretty much as I’ve come to expect on a Monday. Nothing to frighten the horses but perhaps a couple of tricky ones lurking in the mix.
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DT 30552

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30552

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Hola from Almoradí where spring has unsprung itself in the last few days and it’s been very windy. Apparently there was a tornado on the other side of town from where I live last Saturday that did a fair bit of damage to sun awnings  and suchlike.

Today’s puzzle has to be a Campbell as there are three puns in the quickie.  On the whole it’s not too tricky but, as usual, there are a couple of head-scratchers.  I enjoyed it and I’ll be interested to hear what you all thought of it.
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DT 30540

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30540

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Hola from Almoradí where spring appears to have sprung! We’ll probably go back to winter next week but I’m currently enjoying an unseasonal spell of warm sunny days.

Today’s puzzle is about par for a Monday. There’s two puns in the Quickie so I’m supposing it’s a Campbell production. It certainly didn’t frighten the horses but it was a bit of fun while it lasted.
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DT 30528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30528

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Hola from Almoradí on another beautiful cloudless morning,  but it’s a bit chilly at the moment.  Still, it will warm up by lunchtime with a bit of luck. … Continue reading

DT 30516

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30516

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Hola from Almoradí on a beautiful cloudless morning, which makes a nice change from the heavy overcast we’ve had for the last few days.  We had the lights on all day yesterday because it was so dark!

There are two puns in the Quickie so I’m guessing we have a Campbell production today.  I thought it was at the easier end of his spectrum and nearly went for * difficulty as I got all but three of the acrosses on first pass.
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DT 30504

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30504

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Hola from Almoradí and a belated “Feliz Año” to you all.  Weather here is a cloudless sky but a bit chilly and very windy.  Forecast to be normal service resumed tomorrow!

I’m not sure about the setter today. It didn’t feel like a Campbell production but there are two puns in the Quickie so perhaps it is one of his.   Whatever, it didn’t frighten the horses much but was a bit of fun while it lasted. My only slight trouble was the rather obscure film at 1a.
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DT 30492

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30492

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Hola from Almoradí and a big “Feliz Navidad” to one and all, and no, I’m not working on Christmas Day.  The Telegraph puzzles editor very kindly sent me an advance copy of the cryptic and quick crosswords so I’m writing this blog last Saturday!  Means I can have a lie-in on Monday before tackling the pommer’s traditional Christmas breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with a Buck’s Fizz to go with it!

The puzzle isn’t particularly “Chistmassy” or difficult but I did enjoy it while it lasted!  The pun in the Quickie is relevant to Christmas though.  I hope you all enjoyed it too.
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