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DT 28853

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28853

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I thought this puzzle was more straightforward than recent Tuesday offerings, despite having only four anagrams, no lurkers, and no multiple definitions.  I look forward to reading your assessments of it.

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DT 28852

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28852

Hints and tips by a little furry Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the pulsating heart of Downtown LI where the waxing gibbous Moon shines above the shenanigans below. The annual fight with the squirrels over the walnuts is underway.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 233

A Puzzle by Perceval

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ST 2970 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2970 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it has been a week to retrieve the sweaters from summer storage as the last days of summer were unseasonably cool and the first days of autumn will follow suit.… Read More

NTSPP – 450

NTSPP – 450

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 28851 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28851 (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 2095

Toughie No 2095 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A wonderful puzzle by Sparks full of surprises and fun. A few new words for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. There’s a little theme with a related Nina.… Read More

DT 28850

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28850

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where after a fine, sunny start to the day the latest instalment of what we used to call equinoctial gales before they gave them fancy names has blown in and it’s pouring with rain.… Read More

DT 28845

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28845

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 15 September 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Following the new slightly trickier Saturday trend – I wonder if our setter knew how much his clue for 2d would excite our mathematical experts, while their subsequent ‘conversations’ confused the rest of us?… Read More

Toughie 2094

Toughie No 2094 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is a very unhelpful grid with its four separate corners and few answers where the first letter is checked. I managed to fill the bottom half in without much difficulty but then needed a long time for the top half (possibly because I’d lost interest by then).… Read More