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Toughie 2935

Toughie No 2935 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is just the sort of Toughie I like with the toughness coming from clever wordplay and deceptive definitions rather than obscurities. Many thanks to the prolific proXimal.Continue reading

DT 30111

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30111

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Thursday. I thought that this was about average for Thursday difficulty-wise, with many smiles being generated as the solve proceeded.  Continue reading "DT 30111"

Toughie 2934

Toughie No 2934 by Giovanni

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A fairly typical mid-week Toughie from Giovanni. There are quite a few anagrams to get you started and the words you may not have heard of were all fairly clued. Continue reading “Toughie 2934”

DT 30110

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30110

Hints and tips by KiwiColin

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just one Kiwi doing the blogging today.

Our weather continues with its craziness. Just as we were getting used to Spring conditions another monstrous system arrives from Antarctica with strong winds and snow to low levels predicted for quite a lot of the country.… Continue reading

Toughie 2933

Toughie No 2933 by Dada

Hints and tips by StephenL

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

Hello everyone from South Devon.

It’s always nice to see Dada’s name atop a puzzle. I don’t know whether being tired affected my solve but I found this a tad tricky but as ever with this setter a lot of fun. Insertions seemed to be the order of the day! Continue reading “Toughie 2933”

DT 30109

DT Cryptic No 30109
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Twmbarlwm can’t be here today so I’m revisiting one of my old haunts for one day only.

I really enjoyed the puzzle and wondered whether it was the work of our esteemed editor.… Continue reading

DT 30108

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30108

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Hola from a rather noisy Vega Baja! Our electricity went off at 1830 this evening and at about 2300 a lorry came and parked a massive generator outside our bedroom window (our house is next to the village sub-station). The generator is now wired in and providing electricity but I really don’t need the noise so I’m doing the blog in the small hours in the hope of getting a bit of a kip later on. On a lighter note today has been a perfect autumn day in Spain, 27°C with just a hint of a breeze and not a cloud in the sky.

You might say today’s crossword is perfect too. It’s not very hard but there are a couple of head-scratchers and nearly every clue is worthy of the blue treatment. I’ll be finding it hard to pick a podium three.
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DT 30107 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30107 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A lovely autumn morning in East Kent with an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle to solve. We have to play Guess the Setter this morning and my 50p would probably go on this being the work of Chalicea, mostly because of the solution to 19d having a less usual definition.
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Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading

DT 30106

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30106

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.

After last week’s topsy-turviness, back to a regular roster of setters for this week.  So, which member of the Friday triumvirate do we have today? … Continue reading