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EV 1643 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1643 (Hints)

Career by Ifor

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I asked Gemini, “Bearing in mind that crossword setters give their puzzles titles which are intended to gently mislead, what might be the subject of a puzzle entitled ‘Career’?”.

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ST 3265 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3265 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the soaking rains have continued, with thunder and hail included for good measure – the grass is growing and so are the dandelions!

For me, and I stress for me, Dada still quite friendly, but I did have a couple of Hmms, with nine anagrams (five partials), two lurkers (at least I think its two), and no homophones all in an asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. … Continue reading

DT 30616

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No Crossword 30616

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Friday. I found it tricky to gain a foothold in this puzzle’s grid, perhaps because there are a lot of answers with unchecked first letters and that’s combined with a low anagram count. But the struggle was worth it because there were several smile-inducing penny-drop moments encountered on the way to a fully solved puzzle.  Continue reading "DT 30616"

DT 30611 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30611

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 11th May 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata. A nice, straightforward Saturday puzzle from NY Doorknob that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind reading and significant feedback.… Continue reading

Toughie 3271

Toughie No 3271 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus has given us a very entertaining pangram. Thanks to him.

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DT30615

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,615
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

 

I found this tricky in parts, with lots of word building which kept me on my toes.  This is definitely not the work of RayT, so over to you, dear reader, to hazard a guess at who our compiler is today.… Continue reading