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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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Rookie Corner – 259

A Puzzle by Chameleon

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ST 2996 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2996 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the car seat warmer has been turned down from Regulo 4 to Regulo 1!

The benevolence continues, although not so much as last week, with the usual handful of anagrams, one lurker, and no homophones.… Read More

NTSPP – 476

NTSPP – 476

A Puzzle by Atrica

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DT 29006 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29006 (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 2198

Toughie No 2198 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An interesting puzzle by Artix with a nice variety of devices. I got the He (12a) before the She (1a), and for some time I was trying to find a suitable partner for him.… Read More

DT 29005

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29005

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, a grey day lit up by the magnolia stellate in full bloom in our garden.

I flew through the top half of today’s Giovanni, then ground to a halt in the bottom half, where both SW and SE quadrants took a while to get into.… Read More

DT 29000

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29000

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 16th March 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this landmark-numbered DT cryptic to be a tricky solve but even after typing the review, I’m not exactly sure why- perhaps because it appears to be the work of the setter who uses more words to the square inch than most.… Read More

Toughie 2197

Toughie No 2197 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Bufo is hors de combat this week so you’ve been landed with a double dose of me (and I’ve been given the cherished opportunity to blog a Micawber puzzle).… Read More