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Toughie 2213

Toughie No 2213 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I’ve had a complete break from my usual Thursday routine today and it wasn’t until 1.30 that I discovered that it was Thursday and that I had a blog to write.… Read More

DT 29028

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29028

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where we enjoyed a sunny and warm spring day yesterday. However, a heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the next couple of days. With the ground still frozen and consequently unable to absorb the downpour, there is danger of flooding.… Read More

ST 2998

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2998

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 7th April 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A straightforward Sunday crossword with repeated clue devices and a couple of old friends

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 2212

Toughie No 2212 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this to be something of a slog requiring lots of checking – Google had to put in an extra shift. Thanks Giovanni but, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, I do prefer Toughies which rely on clever wordplay rather than obscure vocabulary.… Read More

DT 29027

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29027

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

During the last week we have lit our fire three times in the evening. This morning the river in front of our home was covered in a thick mist that rapidly burnt off with the rising sun to give us a glorious fine autumn day as we write this.… Read More

Toughie 2211

Toughie No 2211 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all.  Another very pleasant puzzle from Silvanus to get the four-day week of Toughies underway.  And a four-day weekend to look forward to as well!  I’m not quite sure how to rate the difficulty because most of it yielded easily, but there were a couple of stragglers and one (17d) which stubbornly refused to budge: I stared at for a few minutes at the end, teased by the helpful-looking checking letters, before giving in to temptation and using the Chambers app.

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DT 29026

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29026

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everyone.  I found today's puzzle entertaining and engaging.  It had a few clues where parsing required some thinking and a careful reading of the clue.  Australia features in a few clues and answers.  I wonder what that's about?  Perhaps our setter will comment below to tell us (which would also allow us to thank him or her in person).

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DT 29025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29025

Hints and tips by Indiana Jones

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. What a difference a week makes.

These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is.… Read More