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DT 26250

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26250

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Jay is as reliable as ever, and gives us an enjoyable, not-too-difficult puzzle.

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Toughie 359

Toughie No 359 by Warbler

A chirpy puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Warbler always delivers an enjoyable puzzle and today’s is no exception. Tuesday has become the repository for the easier Toughies, so today is a very good day if you want to start trying them.

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Toughie 358

Toughie No 358 by Firefly

A little fun in the sun

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This was quite a straightforward solve with mostly easy clues; in fact the only really tough bit was the sting in the tail wordplay conundrum posed by the very last clue.

There were just a couple of moments where I thought the legitimacy of the wordplay was questionable, but it was never anything that hindered solving and the clues rarely fall foul of Ximenean standards. The enjoyment rating for me was strictly moderate – good clues all round, but no “Wow” moments bar 7a which I think is very cleverly observed.

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ST 2536

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2536

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Quite an easy one I thought – maybe as a lot of the answers seem to be words that come up in crossword grids. All clued as well as you’d expect, in a very clean-looking grid, with just 10 black squares added to the basic lattice.

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DT 26246

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26246

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a good selection of smooth, entertaining clues from Giovanni today, but sprinkled among them are quite a few pretty easy ones (and I dithered between two and three stars for difficulty – I think that this is a definite 2½). Do you agree or not? In either case we’d love to get a comment telling us what you think of it.
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Toughie 357

Toughie No 357 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It was down to earth after last week’s gentle introduction. I gave up on this after half-an-hour’s hard slog with 3 answers missing and several others not fully understood. I then filled the gaps with the aid of TEA and Chambers but was still left with 2 or 3 answers for which I need enlightenment. I am sure that someone will oblige. I found the top half more difficult than the bottom half.

The puzzle contains several clues that contain no wordplay. This means that you stand no chance if you don’t happen to be familiar with the answer. For instance I couldn’t remember the answer to 14 across and so I had no alternative to looking it up. I also didn’t like the fact that there are also several answers (or part answers) that appear only in Chambers and not in the COD or Collins.

I have taken note of last week’s comments about not revealing the answers in my hints.

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DT 26241

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26241

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All!

Our usual Saturday setter has given us a bit of a mixed bag. There were a few very pleasant clues (2d and 22a for example) but some others I felt were slightly below par, or at least slightly well worn.

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DT 26245

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26245

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A very gentle puzzle that, I thought, shouldn’t cause any problems. If you know differently then let me know.

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Toughie 356

Toughie No 356 by Petitjean

‘Oi, leave it aht, orwright!

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

We have a thoroughly entertaining and laugh-provoking Toughie from Petitjean today. It contains some brilliantly-constructed clues with good surface readings. It also has several clues based on Cockney and rapper-speak (one of which I can’t explain fully).
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DT 26244

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26244

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Another enjoyable puzzle from Jay. I particularly liked 12 across.

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