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Toughie 2040

Toughie No 2040 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everybody.  I didn’t have much trouble with most of this, but had to sleep on the last couple (9a/7d).  I’m not quite sure why, but it meant that I felt obliged to up the difficulty rating a little. … Read More

DT 28769

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28769

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-page blog.  This week we have a solid puzzle with some intricate wordplay that I enjoyed unpicking.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized and definitions are underlined.  Clicking on the Answer buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and feel free to ask about anything that's not clear or not covered.

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DT 28768

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28768

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Now home amid the beer pumps of Downtown LI. Fresh as a daisy after a great holiday but fed up with football already. As for the Rugby? Don’t ask.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 219

A Puzzle by Webb

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MPP 073 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle 073 – Review

June 2018

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

How many solutions cryptically describe a bad hair day?

Congratulations to  LetterboxRoy who submitted a correct answer, had his name drawn from the electronic hat by Mrs BD, and can now choose a Telegraph Puzzle Book as his prize.

There were eight solutions where ENDS were ‘split’ – 5a, 10a, 11a, 14a, 22a, 26a, 27a and 20d – I’m still of the view that split ends are more of a permanent problem than a bad hair day (unless of course you are the current POTUS) which is probably why, when test solving this puzzle, I couldn’t see what I was supposed to be looking for to answer the question.… Read More

ST 2956 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2956 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg –  where we had a pretty decent storm on Thursday evening/night with 40mm of rain in some parts of the city and very large hail with lots of damage in surrounding areas.… Read More

NTSPP – 436

NTSPP – 436

A Puzzle by Dill

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DT 28767 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28767 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 2039

Toughie No 2039 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another delightful puzzle from Elkamere, with impressively short clues. This was a nice challenge without being OTT difficult – though it took me a while to get going, and I needed two sittings to finish.… Read More

DT 28766

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28766

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from a warm and sunny Los Alcázares where I’m having a few days break and standing in for Deep Threat today.  I’m not certain but I’ve a feeling I’ve blogged a Friday puzzle back in the days when Gazza was the regular Man Friday.  Anyway it makes a pleasant change from my usual Thursday fare.
We have here a fairly typical Giovanni puzzle with a couple of tricky bits and a couple of religious bits but there’s enough gimmes to get you going.  Overall I reckon it’s about average difficulty for a back pager and I really enjoyed it so it was ***/**** for me.  It’ll be interesting to see if anyone agrees.
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