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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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 29648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29648

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Hello, everyone. I romped through the top half of today's puzzle and then came to a screeching halt in the bottom half. My 2* difficulty rating is the average of 1* for the top and 3* for the bottom.  It's a well-crafted puzzle with quite a few smiles raised during the enjoyable solve. There's also a food theme running through it. I wonder if that has any significance?  Continue reading "DT 29648"

EV 1482 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1482

MAP by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Gaston is a familiar name to EV solvers and needs no introduction.

Preamble: Eight suitably positioned and thematically connected elements are hidden in the completed grid . Five of these are of a kind and should be coloured appropriately (35 cells).Continue reading

ST 3103 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3103 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are about to ‘catch up’ (I use the term loosely) with our neighbouring Provinces and enter a Third Wave of Covid partly because of Canada’s pitiful vaccination rate – as of yesterday, Canada is 35th, compared to the UK’s 7th, in the ‘league table’ of vaccination rates by country. … Continue reading

DT 29646 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29646 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by crypticsue

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Welcome to another chilly Saturday in Crosswordland – I’ve two thoughts on who set this Prize Puzzle so I’ll be interested to see if one of them turns up to claim responsibility. I’m a last minute stand-in for the hard-working Tilsit and have to have lunch quite promptly today as Mr CS has his second jab this afternoon. This means that I’ve not been able to add illustrations to these quickly bashed out hints (which may please some more than others). Continue reading “DT 29646 (Hints)”

Toughie 2624

Toughie No 2624 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A good challenge From Elgar with plenty of entry points and a few laughs

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Across

1a    Overthrow personal challenge that’s put forward (4,4)
BEAR DOWN: A 3-letter word meaning personal, with a word meaning to challenge or to oppose resolutely coming first (that’s put forward)

5a    The collective IQ’s not high, for starters (3,3)
DIM SUM: Read differently, the answer could be a stupid total

10a    The cut does individually supply a fair return?… Continue reading

DT 29645

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29645

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a drizzly Friday.

For me, this was easier than some recent Friday puzzles, once the penny had dropped on some of the quirkier clues.… Continue reading

DT 29640

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29640

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 3rd April 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Saturday Prize Puzzles don’t get much more straightforward than this one from Chalicea Continue reading “DT 29640”