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DT 30156

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30156

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying a couple of balmy days (at least by Ottawa standards for late-November). I seized on the opportunity put up my Christmas lights – it was a pleasure to do it in +5°C weather rather than the more typical -5°C (or colder) weather.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 44 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 44 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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It is Mama Bee’s 86th birthday today so I may be a bit tardy in responding to comments, as we are taking her out for afternoon tea at (where else) Betty’s.

I was expecting a Zandio today but instead, we have a proXimal, maybe he wanted to give 5d an airing before he disappears into the political wilderness again. A broad stripe from top left to the bottom right came quite quickly but the other corners exercised the grey matter a bit more. Christmas rears its head a couple of times as do our near neighbours across the channel, but the city of Paris refers to the location of the mythological soldier who gave his name to the French capital.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1567 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1567 (Hints)

Condition by Eclogue

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The name Eclogue might suggest some connection with Virgil, but I believe that it actually refers to a hybrid creature whereof the front part is operated by Eclipse (thus partial rather than total) and the rear section by Logogriph, this latter being “a kind of enigma, in which a certain word, and other words that can be formed out of all or any of its letters, are to be guessed from synonyms of them introduced into a set of verses.”

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ST 3188 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3188 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the endless e-mails and advertisements promoting that dreadful concept, imported from our Southern neighbours, of Black Friday ‘deals’ is over for another year, but now we have to get past Cyber Monday; I wonder how much rest we will be allowed before similar activity begins for Boxing Day ‘sales’ – yes, we have it and them over here.… Continue reading

DT 30155 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30155 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A damp but sunny morning here in East Kent brings a Saturday Prize Puzzle, which, once I had stopped being disconcerted by the new font in the newspaper version, and noticed quite a few anagrams and hidden words, didn’t take me that long to solve. Continue reading “DT 30155 (Hints)”

Toughie 2964

Toughie No 2964 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sorry, running a bit late. I found this quite hard – I was not totally on wavelength, as they say. I still don’t fully understand 4/17d, suggestions welcome.… Continue reading

DT 30154

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30154

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

proXimal was ‘on duty’ last Friday, so if today’s setter is indeed one of the Friday triumvirate my five bob is on this being a Zandio production; if it is not him then I am clueless.… Continue reading

DT 30149 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30149

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 19th Nov 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A pleasant and friendly Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.Continue reading

Toughie 2963

Toughie No 2963 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Firefly for brightening up a horribly dark squally day in North Devon. He has given us an enjoyable puzzle with an ursine theme.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading