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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 2318

Toughie No 2318 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A rather good puzzle from Artix, I thought, with plenty of enjoyable twists – though I confess surprise at one of the anagram indicators. 1a and 2d were my last ones in – it took me a while to see the devices being used, very nice!… Continue reading

DT 29185

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29185

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a fine autumn day.

I filled in the grid in today’s Giovanni quite quickly, but took rather longer to understand the parsing, hence the third star for difficulty.… Continue reading

DT 29180

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29180

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 12th October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I solved this after a top Alice Cooper gig on the Thursday and don’t remember too much difficulty!

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Toughie 2317

Toughie No 2317 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I thought I hadn’t seen a Micawber Toughie for a while and it turns out that this is his first one for nearly six months. That’s far too long between puzzles. It was a typical Micawber puzzle – not particularly difficult but very enjoyable. Continue reading “Toughie 2317”

DT 29184

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29184

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone. I thought there were some sneaky clues in today’s crossword – certainly sneaky enough to fox me anyway. I don’t know who set it – it’s definitely not Ray T and it doesn’t quite feel like proXimal either.… Continue reading

ST 3024

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3024

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 6th October 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Some fine clues uoon reviewing and some very solid clue creations to commit to memory for the beginner. The solving time was fairly quick for me but a couple of clues did pull me up for a while.

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Toughie 2316

Toughie No 2316 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

We have a very gentle puzzle today, most of which I thought could easily have appeared on the back page. Thanks to Donnybrook.

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DT 29183

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29183

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A brisk southerly blowing here today. On our regular walk this morning we could have (should have) reversed the direction of our circuit, but being creatures of habit, we chose to put our heads down and battle into the head wind on the ocean beach third of the route. Bracing and invigorating!

All the usual Wednesday fun from Jay. We completed this within our 2 star time but there were several answers in the bottom half that gave us pause for thought.

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DT 29182

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29182

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Hello, everyone.  Not a lot of smiles for me in today's puzzle, although I did learn a German canal, a late-medieval English nobleman, and a new type of social worker.  Perhaps all the travelling is putting me in a grumpy mood.  Continue reading "DT 29182"