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NTSPP – 462

NTSPP – 462

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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DT 28923 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28923 (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 2143

Toughie No 2143 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I found this slow going, yet in retrospect everything seems fair enough. I tend to find some proXimal puzzles quite hard, though his last few have been more accessible.… Read More

DT 28922

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28922

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this chilly winter’s day.

A reasonably gentle Giovanni this morning, I thought, though no doubt there will be contrary views expressed by some.… Read More

DT 28917

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28917

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th December 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A pangram which took no time to both solve and draft the review, perfect for a busy Saturday

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Toughie 2142

Toughie No 2142 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Another steady solve. My only problem was caused by my misreading one of the letters I had filled in the grid thus making the crossing answer impossible to solve

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DT 28921

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28921

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/****  Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone. This is definitely a Ray T Thursday – it has several of his trademark clues although not much innuendo. I thought it was a tricky little devil and there were several cases of the answer being obvious but leaving me wondering why for ages.… Read More

ST 2980

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2980

A full review by gnomethang

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This puzzle was published on 2nd November 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I’m not sure what happened to my review this morning but here it is. I quite enjoyed this upon reviewing nd thing that I just need to get in touch with Mr Halpern’s style

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Toughie 2141

Toughie No 2141 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There’s nothing really frightening in the stables here so it’s not too tough. I thought that some of the surfaces were not terribly smooth (e.g. 12a and 3d).… Read More

DT 28920

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28920

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

There are many flax plants in the area where we live and they are now in full bloom. The spikes that carry the flowers shoot up about three or four metres and make a spectacular display at this time of the year.… Read More