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Toughie 3135

Toughie No 3135 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***


This is a fairly typical Beam Toughie, though there are no ‘first letters’ clues and the Queen is having day off. Thanks to Beam for the enjoyment – I wonder if he was one of the prominent figures from Britain and France invited to last night’s banquet at Versailles?
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DT 30411

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,411
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

Good morning, fellow cruciverbalists. I really enjoyed this and I hope you did as well. I had ticks all over the place, but my favourites are probably 1a, 13a, 27a, 28a, 3d, 7d, 14d and 16d, with 1a winning my vote for COTD.… Continue reading

DT 30410

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30410

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
All sorts of spring things to report this week. We have sighted the first families of ducklings frantically paddling along behind their mothers, the first of the bar-tailed godwits have arrived from their breeding grounds in Alaska, and we saw another juvenile seal on the beach this morning.… Continue reading

DT 30409

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,409
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

Well I guess autumn has arrived with a damp couple of days in store. I’m checking out a variety of weather apps to see if we can get away with a round of golf at 2pm without getting soaked.… Continue reading

DT 30408

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30408

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from Almoradí where the long, hot summer is finally drawing to a close. Temps most afternoons now are only 32°C at most and some days haven’t topped 30.… Continue reading

DT 30407 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30407 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A friendly pangram, just right for solving (and blogging twice) on what is supposed to be the last hot and sunny day for a while so I’m keen to get away from the computer and enjoy being outside while it lasts

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DT 30406

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30406

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday.  This week’s Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter told us that this week’s celebrations to mark the first birthday of the new Telegraph Puzzles site would “wrap it all up with a suitably celebratory Cryptic Crossword on Friday”.  That information didn’t help much with the solve, and once I had a completed grid, I searched for anything beyond the obvious 1a/4a combination that might be referencing the new site, but to no avail. Did anyone out there spot anything else birthday-related or anything that could be a comment on the new site?  The anagram-rich puzzle itself felt more straightforward than recent Friday puzzles and it delivered quite a few smiles.  Continue reading "DT 30406"

DT 30401 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30401

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 9th Sep 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A very friendly and straightforward Saturday puzzle from Chalicea that I highly enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and significant feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 3131

Toughie No 3131 by Artix
Hints and tips by Gazza

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


A proper ‘tough’ Toughie from Artix which I progressed through steadily rather than speedily and enjoyed the whole process a lot – thanks to the setter. The last Artix Toughie I blogged (3095) contained the names of the members of Queen (which totally escaped me).
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