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NTSPP – 488

NTSPP – 488

A Puzzle by Dill

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DT 29078 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29078 (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 2246

Toughie No 2246 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks caught me out on a few bits of general knowledge today. It took me 3* time to fill the grid, but a little longer to parse 3d, 12a & 13a, hence the extra star.… Read More

DT 29077

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29077

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from soggy South Staffs, where the rain continues to fall.

I found today’s Giovanni to be quite tricky, the top half in particular taking some time to crack, with 7d the last one in.… Read More

DT 29072

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29072

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th June 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

If I have ‘guessed the setter’ correctly, then this Saturday puzzle was a lot easier to solve than all of  their previous ones – I certainly ended up less grumpy this time, although fairly confused by my last one in, 6a.… Read More

Toughie 2245

Toughie No 2245 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A steady and an enjoyable solve in which I didn’t come across the only anagram until right at the death. It was the SE corner that caused me most grief but this was only because I’d bunged in a wrong answer to 28 across

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DT 29076

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29076

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from a not very summery Vega Baja. I thought summer had well and truly arrived after four days of over 30°C temperatures but then yesterday I had to get my long trousers out of the wardrobe again.  Apparently normal service will be resumed by tomorrow.
I’m not sure who today’s setter is but if it’s proXimal then he’s definitely turned the wick down after his last couple.  I really sped through this one and it very nearly came out as just a one star difficulty.  It will be interesting to see if you all agree or whether I was just on top form this morning.
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ST 3006

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3006

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 2nd June 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

An exceedingly solver-friendly Sunday Prize Puzzle but full of things to enjoy while it lasted

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