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DT 29703

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29703

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
 Another enjoyable Wednesday solve with a couple of clues 16d and 22d that struck a particularly personal note for us.
A decidedly groan-worthy Quickie pun too. Continue reading “DT 29703”

ST 3111

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3111

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 06 Jun 2021

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

Greetings from Kolkata. I feel delighted in presenting to you the full review of yet another Sunday puzzle for your perusal and valuable opinion. Dada has given us this time a really challenging but enjoyable puzzle with few tricky clues amidst many impressive ones. Continue reading “ST 3111”

Toughie 2661

Toughie No 2661 by Moeraki

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is Moeraki’s third Toughie (the last one was back in March). It contains several words that may not be in the vocabulary of many solvers, but all answers were easy enough to derive. Continue reading “Toughie 2661”

DT 29702

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29702

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  It's Tuesday and the puzzle is Tuesdayish, so all is right with the world. I thought the clueing in this crossword was a tad uneven, but overall it was an enjoyable solve.  Continue reading "DT 29702"

DT 29701

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29701

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has arrived big time.  We’re getting temperatures around 30°C every day now and the forecast is for it to be hotter by weekend.

Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I found this puzzle a bit trickier than recent Mondays have been. I only got six of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass which is lower than average for me on a Monday. However there are enough gimmes and a couple of anagrams to give you a good start so I don’t think it will cause too much trouble.  For me a tad of extra trickiness adds to the overall enjoyment of the tussle.
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EV 1491 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1491 (Hints)

Pioneer by Wickball

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that this is Wickball’s sixth thematic cryptic crossword. He has set for the Inquisitor and Enigmatic Variations series. Continue reading “EV 1491 (Hints)”

ST 3112 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3112 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Province has come up with a somewhat innovative three stage reopening plan.  We have three holidays coming up – Canada Day (July 1), August ‘Long’ (August 3), and Labour Day (September 6) – three levels of gradual reopening will occur on those holidays provided three levels of (increasing) vaccination rates for both first and second doses are met. … Continue reading