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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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NTSPP – 445

NTSPP – 445

A Puzzle by Kelotoph

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DT 28821 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28821 (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 2075

Telegraph Toughie No 2075

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from an overcast and gloomy Warrington (what’s new, you may say!).

I’m standing in for the usual Friday blogger and have been given an Artix puzzle to tackle.… Read More

DT 28820

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28820

Hints and tips by Senf

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

A very good Sunday Friday morning from Winnipeg.  Deep Threat is unavailable today so I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle and it is Day 2 of the Best 4 Days of the Year as I am volunteering at a professional golf tournament where the best golfers in the field will be rewarded on Sunday afternoon and, more importantly, funds will be raised to support worthy causes in the local area.… Read More

DT 28815

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28815

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 11th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A Saturday puzzle that didn’t take long to solve or explain

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Toughie 2074

Toughie No 2074 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Once again I took longer doing a puzzle than perhaps I should have done. It is one of those puzzles of four separate corner puzzles. I managed them without too many problems with the SE corner one the last to yield.… Read More

DT 28819

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28819

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the heat wave seems to have abated a little – it was only 32°C yesterday and it even rained a tad in the morning. 
I suspect today’s setter is the same one as in my last blog two weeks ago.  Similar quirky style which I quite enjoyed.  Again it’s a little tricky in places if you’re not on the wavelength so I’ve given it three stars even though I actually solved it well within two star time.  Last time the puzzle seemed to split the commentariat into two camps of tricky and benign so it will be interesting to see if the same is true this week.
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ST 2963

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2963

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 5th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A hot sunny Sunday and a Virgilius crossword to solve – what more could one want? Too hard to pick just one clue I really like so I’ll just say that my d’oh moment was 10a

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Toughie 2073

Toughie No 2073 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Fairly straightforward but pleasurable – thanks Donnybrook.

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Across Clues

2a High Church breaking contract for event (12)
STEEPLECHASE: start with an adjective meaning high (of a price, say) then insert an abbreviation for church into a contract.
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DT 28818

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28818

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A real mixed bag of weather for us this week. We have had a couple of gloriously fine days, a light frost one morning, and now we are getting cold blustery winds with showers.… Read More