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Rookie Corner 424

A Puzzle by Amoeba

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Sunday Toughie 17 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 17 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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This was a real tricky one for me. I was able to have a blog at another of the Sunday Toughie setters (Zandio) in a Friday back page guise and although it was quite tricky I managed it in half the time that this proXimal Toughie took.Continue reading

EV 1540 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1540 (Hints)

Going Postal by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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When we check on Dave Hennings’ crossword database, we find that Piccadilly has been setting crosswords for 33 years, most of them for the Telegraph’s EV series (but also for the Listener, Magpie and Weekend series).… Continue reading

ST 3161 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3161 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where it is time to break out the beer, burgers, and hot dogs for the unofficial start of Summer, as we have a holiday to celebrate the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, although those brave enough to party outside will probably need thermal underwear and wellies.… Continue reading

 Spoilers on Answers

Update: 24 May 2022

A fix provided by Mr K has just been implemented. So far it is looking good.


Bloggers are still adding spoilers to appropriate puzzles. However changes made to some browsers (or addins) make it appear that there are no spoilers. We are aware of this problem and will see if we can overcome it. Meanwhile, only write to me if you can help with solving the problem and please don’t discuss it in the comments.… Continue reading

Toughie 2856

Toughie No 2856 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some of you may have noticed answers with a common 2-letter abbreviation, e.g. 20/23 (and 3 more examples). Now you can guess which number Telegraph Toughie this is for our setter!… Continue reading

DT 29992

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29992

Hints and tips by Sloop John Bee

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from North Yorkshire. Deep Threat is having a well earned holiday, so Miffypops, Stephen L and myself will be rotating Friday blogging duties until he returns refreshed,
I have no real idea of gauging ratings so I will leave those alone for others to assess.… Continue reading