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Toughie 3289

Toughie No 3289 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by ALP

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

I had/have absolutely no idea how to score this for difficulty. It all flew in – the right side in particular – thanks to very fair definitions. But there was quite a bit of reverse-parsing.

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DT 30643

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30643
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment ***

Another lively start to the day here in Harpenden. Could it be that summer weather has finally come to stay at last.

I suspect that today’s puzzle was reasonably gentle but for whatever reason I seemed to make harder work of it than I normally do with Anthony Plumb’s puzzles.… Continue reading

DT 30642

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30642

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from Almoradí on a very warm and muggy morning. I think we’re in for a hot one today!
It’s really Falcon’s turn today but he’s otherwise engaged so I’m afraid you’re going to have to put up with me instead.  I’ll be back next week as well!

Today’s puzzle is another example of what is fast becoming the normal Monday fare.  Not too hard and with seven clues involving anagrams, a couple of lurkers and a few gimmes there’s plenty of ways in.  Very enjoyable with some very smooth surfaces.
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Sunday Toughie 125 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 125

by Robyn


Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee


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Robyn brings us one of his thematically linked puzzles today, solving 27a is the key to this and once I had decided if the Fed’s were singular or plural the rest flowed smoothly (as the top actor is singular and 4d refers to another singular Frenchman I went with that) but as we no longer get confirmation of correct submissions from the new site I can’t be 100% sure that I am right. The recent Zandio SEATS/SEAMS debate would suggest that the data miners (DanWord and Wordplays) are not invincible so I am going with my gut

14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half, if any clues you are struggling with are not included I will try and nudge you in the right direction

Here we go…

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ST 3269 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3269 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the highlight of my week this week, much better than last week, was attending a celebration banquet to mark the centenary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

For me, and I stress for me, Dada back to being friendly, with nine anagrams (four partials), two lurkers, and one homophone all in a symmetric 30 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. … Continue reading

DT 30641 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30641 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Crypticsue is having a day off so I’m providing a few hints for what I consider to be some of the trickier clues.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
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Toughie 3288

Toughie No 3288 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The incredibly clever device used here helps the solve a little, though I still found this a very tricky puzzle. Last one in was 29a.

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