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DT 29479 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29479 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning everyone!

Thanks to BD for stepping in last week. Afraid as I am working today, it’s going to be a brief blog.

A very agreeable challenge today which contained one or two little stings in the tail. The four long answers should give a foothold into the puzzle and help you on your way. Continue reading “DT 29479 (Hints)”

Toughie 2513

Toughie No 2513 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The Nina helped me identify the Labour Minister. It reminded me of a caption I saw recently for a soldier in camouflage fatigues wearing a hi-vis jacket. As an optional extra, 20a invites us to play a little game, with the Nina suggesting one example can already be seen in the answer here.… Continue reading

DT 29478

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29478

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny September morning.

I only time my crossword solving when I am blogging, because I use the paper version the reswt of the week, but today’s puzzle was the fastest solve that I can recall – and judging from the number of people appearing on the leaderboard last night, there were plenty of others who would agree.… Continue reading

DT 29473

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29473

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th September 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

An enjoyable Saturday puzzle and, with a fair amount to make you smile when solving, possibly one of the easier weeks to play Guess the Setter

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

DT 29477

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29477

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Barrel where Saint Sharon and I now spend our days in glorious retirement building sheds, landscaping the garden, erecting fencing, laying paths and seeding one half of a lawn and turfing the other half (Green side up Sharon, green side up) Eight face panels to go, one last stretch of paving, the shed roof to felt and that he said is that. Possibly. At least I get a couple of beers in the late afternoon as a reward, usually at The Barn in Willey. Continue reading “DT 29477”

Toughie 2511

Toughie No 2511 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s a lot of GK in this puzzle but most of it is fairly accessible (though I repeat what I said last week about some clues offering more difficulties for overseas solvers).… Continue reading

DT 29476

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29476

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A couple of our Spring markers that we watch out for on regular walks have appeared this week. We spotted our first clutch of ducklings, nine in this family, and the first contingent of Bar-tailed godwits have arrived from their breeding season in Alaska.… Continue reading