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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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Toughie 2415

Toughie No 2415 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I hope that you are all keeping safe in these increasingly scary times.

Hudson has given us a very entertaining puzzle which I enjoyed a lot. However, those solvers who have little knowledge of football and/or Hollywood actors may struggle with a few clues.… Continue reading

DT 29332

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29332

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

In New Zealand we have now been in full lockdown for two weeks. The good news coming out is that the number of new cases each day is starting to decline even though many more tests are now being taken.… Continue reading

Toughie 2414

Toughie No 2414 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I enjoyed the challenge so much that I have given this puzzle a rare (for me) enjoyment rating of five stars. 11a was new to me, but derivable from the wordplay and the checking letters. Continue reading “Toughie 2414”

DT 29331

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29331

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another two-star Tuesday.  I found today's offering to be an enjoyable crossword featuring many smooth and amusing surfaces.  I have just noticed that the Monday setter commented on yesterday's blog.  Perhaps today's setter could continue that new tradition?  We'd all appreciate it. Continue reading "DT 29331"

DT 29330

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29330

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***


My apologies for the late release of the review today. For some reason unbeknownst to me, the review did not publish automatically as scheduled this morning and I had to go in and give it a nudge to wake it up.Continue reading

ST 3050

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3050

Hints and tips by Senf

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

Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Weekend puzzles, this post, and all other Weekend posts, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.… Continue reading

DT 29329

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29329
The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers.  BD


Good morning from a sunny Warrington.

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MPP – 095

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Apr 2020)

Where From? by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (18th April 2019).

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