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DT Cryptic No 25867

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25867

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A slightly tricky puzzle – I was sailing along thinking I must be in tune with the setter, then got a bit bogged down.  No particularly difficult clues, apart from getting the precise wording for 27 across.  My first attempt hampered me from getting 24 down, I should have tackled them the other way around.

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DT Cryptic No 25866

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25866

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

There’s nothing too difficult in today’s Cryptic crossword and the clues range from pretty neat to not so good. I’ve followed Big Dave’s convention in providing the answers hidden inside curly brackets (thanks to him for telling me how to achieve this effect). If you can’t work out the answer from my hint you can reveal it by highlighting the white space inside the curly brackets.

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DT Cryptic No 25865

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25865

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A nice easy, straightforward puzzle for a Monday morning.  This one should tax you a lot less than the Chancellor does!!  Continue reading “DT Cryptic No 25865”

DT Cryptic No 25863

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25863

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Today’s puzzle was a bit harder than usual, and I struggled with some of the wordplay.  In yesterday’s Toughie I tried out a new idea for giving the answers without spoiling the rest of the crossword, and I have tried it here today.  Essentially, the answers are between curly brackets in white type – selecting them with the mouse will reveal the answer.  Please let me know if you like it.

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DT Cryptic No 25858 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25858 – Review

A full analysis by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

As many of you are aware, this crossword was accidentally released on the CluedUp website last Friday.  Although it was subsequently replaced by the correct Friday puzzle, this was not before Libellule had reviewed it for us.  Here is that review, revised to give all of the answers.  BD

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DT Cryptic No 25862

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25862

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

It’s Thursday today, so Gazza’s back again.  Don’t forget that the full analyses for last weekend’s puzzles are due to be published at noon.  You may have already seen the Saturday review as it was released last Friday after being published online by mistake; some small revisions have been applied, mostly to give all the answers as well as the wordplay.   BD

I thought that this was an entertaining crossword with some interesting clues and not too difficult, though it does contain one word I’d never heard of.

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DT Cryptic No 25861

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25861

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Libellule thinks that going to watch France play Wales in Paris is more important than his Friday blog.  I’m sure you would all rather he missed the game, but as a penance he has agreed to do today’s instead.   BD

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DT Cryptic No 25860

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25860

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

It seems you all like Gazza’s hints and tips, so I’ve twisted his arm and he’s agreed to do two days a week, starting today, and then back on Thursday.  I’ve added a few new bits and pieces to The Mine – Birthstones, Roman Numerals and Zodiac Signs – with more in the pipeline.  BD

Today’s puzzle is quite interesting and certainly a bit harder than yesterday’s. There’s one clue (24 across) where I’m unable to provide a very satisfactory explanation of the wordplay and I’d be grateful for comments [stop press – mystery now solved – see clue below] Continue reading “DT Cryptic No 25860”

DT Cryptic No 25859

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25859

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Once again you have a nice easy start to the week, with this honest, straightforward puzzle.  Try and do as much of this as you can without my help (but don’t put me out of business)!!

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DT Cryptic No 25857

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25857

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This is a review of the puzzle as published in the newspaper and now available online – the one that was originally published online turned out to be the Saturday Prize crossword!.  Neither puzzle was anything special – nothing particularly good or annoyingly bad.  For a real puzzle, see today’s Toughie No 99.

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