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DT 29989

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29989

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I found today's puzzle a straightforward grid-fill that required a couple of dictionary queries to verify what had to be the definitions (does that count as an unaided solve?). I wonder if our setter will drop in later to say hello.  I've made an effort today to address the concerns of readers who commented on the recent paucity of cat pics. Continue reading "DT 29989"

DT 29988

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29988

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have arrived at last.  After the wettest March on record and a pretty chilly April the sun has recently come out and temperatures are up in the high twenties every afternoon.  I’ve mothballed my long trousers and socks and got out the shorts and sandals.

I’m wondering if today’s puzzle is from a different setter from our usual maestro.  Somehow it felt a bit different and I can’t see a second pun in the Quickie, but someone will probably put me right on that.  Anyway it was enjoyable enough and with six anagrams it’s fairly easy to get a toehold.  I’ll be interested to see if anyone else feels the same as me about the setter.
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Sunday Toughie 16 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 16 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I was expecting Zandio last week but here he is now. Not the hardest of this series so far but still tricky enough to merit the Toughie status.Continue reading

ST 3160 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3160 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have had more of what we don’t need right now!

For me, one word – quirky.  I counted four anagrams (with two partials), no lurkers, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

Toughie 2852

Toughie No 2852 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I found parts of this quite difficult. Again, Osmosis has omitted 12/26 letters of the alphabet (though we have Z).

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 29986

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29986

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs. I have other commitments today, so no pictures or music for you.

I thought this was a fairly typical Friday puzzle. It took me well into *** time, but that may have been because I was very tired when solving it last night.… Continue reading

DT 29981

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29981

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 7th May 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

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

Toughie 2851

Toughie No 2851 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s Toughie. I did notice when writing the hints that the wordplay involves a great deal of deleting first and last letters.

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DT 29985

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29985

Hints and tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning everyone from a pleasantly warm South Devon. Our esteemed setter has given us another not too difficult fun puzzle that all went in smoothly for me Continue reading “DT 29985”