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DT 29846

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29846

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone. We have today a serving of the usual Tuesday fare that gets us warmed up for the tougher challenges expected later in the week.  I thought it had many good clues and one truly excellent one. I shall be interested to see whether others share my opinion.  Continue reading "DT 29846"

DT 29845

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29845

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where storm Arwen has passed us by, although it has been a bit breezy for the last couple of days but bright and sunny. We did have an apocalyptic downpour one night last week but I don’t think that was to do with the storm.

I have to give today’s puzzle only one star for difficulty because I got all but one of the across clues on first pass (it was 24a which eluded me) and then all of the downs.  They don’t have to be hard to be enjoyable and I enjoyed this one while it lasted.  I hope you found it the same.
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EV 1515 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1515 (Hints)

Disguise by Jaques

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Jaques is familiar to EV solvers and to Magpie solvers too (with a crossword rated D in the current Magpie). A debut Inquisitor crossword has recently appeared and he has two Listener crosswords to his name.… Continue reading

ST 3136 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3136 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it looks like we will have a White Christmas because of the snow we already have on the ground, which will probably stay until the Spring thaw, but that doesn’t count in my book. … Continue reading

Toughie 2756

Toughie No 2756 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Once again we are intrigued by Osmosis omitting 11 high-scoring scrabble letters from the puzzle. A slow solve for me.

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

DT 29843

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29843

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on a wet and windy morning.

We have an X-less pangra this morning , which gives us hefty clue about the setter.… Continue reading

DT 29838

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29838

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 20th Nov 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. The puzzle of Cephas that I solved last was pangrammatic like this one. I enjoyed cracking this puzzle too and now present to you a full review of the same for your kind perusal and valuable comments.
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