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DT 29743

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29743

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where a cold, damp week is about to give way to a spell of hot, sunny weather that may last through August. A blessing for those of us who thrive on hot weather.… Continue reading

EV 1498 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1498 (Hints)

The Australasian One by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Eclogue sets regularly for the Magpie, Crossword magazine, Inquisitor and the EV series. Their crosswords have been appearing in all those advanced thematic cryptic outlets for over ten years so you have probably already solved several of them and know you can expect fair cluing and a theme that might possibly teach you something.… Continue reading

ST 3119 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3119 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it continues to be hot and dry with air quality alerts as the wild fires continue to the North and East of us.  This might be a holiday weekend but, because of Covid, it is difficult to differentiate a ‘special’ weekend from all the rest.… Continue reading

Toughie 2688

Toughie No 2688 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

I found this tricky (surprise) with some interesting indicators and plenty of Elgar’s usual deviousness. No Nina or theme.

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

DT 29741

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29741

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a slightly damp morning.

Until I got the first couple of answers in today’s puzzle I thought that it was going to be difficult, but once a few checkers were in place my solving speed increased.… Continue reading

Toughie 2687

Toughie No 2687 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I made harder work of this than I should have (which I put down to watching the Olympics at the same time as solving). A lot of the clues did seem rather ‘samey’ and 17 out of the 30 clues require us to insert or delete a single letter.… Continue reading