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DT 25970

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25970

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing today, but a pleasant challenge with a lot of nice surface readings.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them.
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DT 25968

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25968

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Today we have a very pleasant, but not too exacting, exercise with some well-constructed clues – perfect for doing in the garden with a long, cold drink close at hand.
As usual, the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space to reveal them.

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DT 25967

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25967

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

I made it home from the hospital, but haven’t felt much like solving over the weekend, so I have a large pile of puzzles to wade through.  Whether it’s because I am out of sorts I can’t decide, but today’s puzzle irritated me more than pleased me.  I hate grids that have only one way in and out of each corner and today’s was no exception.  There does seem to be a large number of Telegraph grids that are not helpful to solvers, and it may be about time that a review was carried out of the grids. Similarly I hate ambiguous clues with a passion, and there’s one today at 25 across.

Overall, the clues are of the standard we expect from our Monday Maestro, but one or two are of the tooth-sucking variety, and I’ll mention those as we go along.  Right, off we go….

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DT 25965

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25965

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

A smorgasbord of a crossword today, with historical, poetic, botanic and film references all in the mix. That, however does not detract from the crossword’s enjoyment. If you are new to the blog, to see the answer, just highlight the blank space between the curly brackets.

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DT 25960 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25960 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Much harder than most recent Saturday puzzles – something like double my average time for them.  Mostly good grid, though it does have eight 7-letter words with only three checked letters. Some of my potential quibbles disappeared after looking up words in Chambers, so there are only a couple of clues I’d count as unfair.   That said, there are some very easy cryptic definition clues to go with the difficult ones.  Generally a better puzzle than most Saturdays as others said in the hints posting.  My main reservation is the number of cryptic definitions which seem weak to me, like 28A.  It seems very hard to make these difficult unless they’re unfairly vague.  Did any readers get the same satisfaction from this as from working out the wordplay and def in a clue like 17, or even just half-remembering Polly Flinders at 2? Continue reading “DT 25960 – Review”

DT 25962

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25962

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Another Tuesday and another fine puzzle, full of well crafted clues. After last week’s debate on how difficult the puzzle was I’ll be interested to see how people react to this one – I vacillated between three and four stars but eventually plumped for three.

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DT 25961

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25961

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I am sorry to have to tell you that Tilsit is back in hospital, so I’ve had to do this in a bit of a rush.  Very much a typical start to the week from out “Monday Maestro”, but just about into three-star difficulty.

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