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Toughie 3269

Toughie No 3269 by Musaeus
Hints and tips by ALP

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

It seems, as ever, preposterous for me to be critiquing a pro – today of all days! But here we go. This really grew on me. Very gentle in the main and ever-so gentle up top.
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DT 30613

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30613
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

Not Quickie Pun required but distinctly cooler & depressingly soggy here in Harpenden today. Hopefully it will have all moved away by tomorrow & I’ll get a game of golf in now that I’ve been reunited with my sticks.… Continue reading

DT 30612

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30612

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

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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Sunday Toughie 120 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 120

by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio has brought us a Sunday Toughie that I found a little bit easier than his backpager last Friday, but then I was pressed for time and didn’t really concentrate on what I was doing so your experience with this may differ

I found quite a lot of political references in today’s puzzle but not sure if there are enough to call a theme. Especially as my slightly political place in Parliament in 19a appears to actually be a mining deposit (see comment #1 below). Ho-Hum no doubt the first of many mistakes I will make without the 100% assurance from the old site

We have an evenly balanced 14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted just under half, allowing me a bit of leeway with a bonus hint if required

Here we go…

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EV 1642 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1642 (Hints)

Conflict by Skylark

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is Skylark’s ninth crossword in the EV series. We have seen her work during the IQ and EV ladies’ months and in the Magpie and Listener.

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ST 3264 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3264 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, yesterday afternoon, we had a Spring thunder storm which included a brief electrical power outage!

For me, and I stress for me, Dada still quite friendly, except for two clues which added considerably to my completion time, with six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. … Continue reading

Toughie 3268

Toughie No 3268 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Well that was interesting. I didn’t know who the setter was. Only just noticed it says Sparks on BigDave’s site.  There used to be a section on toughie setters in “the knowledge” on the telegraph puzzles website but it seems to have disappeared.… Continue reading