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Toughie 2877

Toughie No 2877 by Serpent

Hints and tips by StephenL

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

Toughie Setters this week
Wednesday Django. Thursday Beam. Friday Elgar

Hello everyone from a cloudy South Devon. Tuesday rolls by again and we have the pleasure of a cracking Serpent puzzle to kick off the Toughie week.… Continue reading

DT 30025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30025

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I reckon that today’s fine puzzle could be the work of X-Type. It will appeal to fans of cryptic definitions and/or double definitions, and, perhaps, readers interested in learning new words. I expect that most of us fall into one or more of those categories. Continue reading "DT 30025"

DT 30024

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30024

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where summer has truly arrived and we are enjoying an extended spell of hot, sunny weather.

I found today’s puzzle from Campbell to be a sterner test than usual.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 22 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 22 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Not the trickiest Sunday Toughie so far but I still had a bit of trouble in the SW. I solved this whilst watching Macca at Glastonbury, who seemed to be having a bit of trouble in the South West too but he got better as the set went on. (Terence said he thought it was good from first to last and he has put a clip up on Senf’s blog so check it out there.) I had a full grid by the time Lauren Laverne had finished the post-gig analysis and I had finished a wee dram. Seven hours of kip and coffee to hand here goes with the hints…

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EV 1545 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1545 (Hints)

Subject, Verb, Object by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 25th crossword in the Enigmatic Variations series. Solvers will remember his puzzle where we drew a map of the jumps in the Grand National, then his final puzzle after the EV Ladies’ Month where he included geographic features in ‘The South American One’ and his ‘Quest’ that took us back to Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.… Continue reading

ST 3166 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3166 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I am now double boosted or should it be quadruple vaxed – the terms appear to be interchangeable.

For me,  as for last week, slightly quirky with some Dada-esque synonyms with five anagrams (four partials), two lurkers (none reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30023 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30023 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Senf

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Hello, it’s me again.  Apparently Mr Mick Lynch does not appreciate that Tilsit has an important, non-railway, task on Saturdays and that the ‘fallout’ from a railway strike should really not be allowed to interfere with it. … Continue reading

Toughie 2876

Toughie No 2876 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Osmosis uses just 14 letters of the alphabet. Today is the first time I’ve been able to use this to my advantage: once I had a Y, I knew what the two algebraic variables were likely to be.… Continue reading