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DT 28748

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28748

Hints and tips by Miffypops. Every day is a school day.

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

The heart of downtown LI is awash with rain. I have been given two tickets for tomorrow’s big game at Twickenham. Saracens v Exeter.… Read More

DT 28743

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28743

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 19th May 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

After the previous week’s particularly straightforward crossword, this one was definitely back in the new regime’s Trickier Saturday bracket.… Read More

Toughie 2026

Toughie No 2026 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

This isn’t the week that Stick Insect ups the difficulty level. It was an extremely gentle puzzle with some very unsatisfactory surfaces.

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DT 28747

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28747

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. I thought this was quite tricky in places – it certainly took me a while to get going. I have no idea as to the identity of the setter but it’s not a Ray T Thursday.… Read More

ST 2951

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2951

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 13th May 2018

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

The usual Virgilius Sunday treat – however, while typing the review, I found that there are eleven clues requiring insertions, eight in the Acrosses, and three with the same indicator, which made me a little grumpy so I removed half a star from my enjoyment rating

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Toughie 2025

Toughie No 2025 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a fairly gentle Toughie which I thought was somewhat lacking in sparkle. There are lots of reversals and deletions of single characters.

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DT 28746

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28746

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Winter has arrived. At present we are having cold days with strong winds bringing a succession of squally showers some of which are thundery and others bringing hail.… Read More

Toughie 2024

Toughie No 2024 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Sup.  I found this puzzle light but fun for the most part before coming to a crashing halt at 19 and 20d, whereupon an asterisk hopped westwards over the line in my pencilled-in rating.… Read More

DT 28745

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28745

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another solid Tuesday back-page puzzle.  In the hints below most indicators are italicized and definitions are underlined.  Clicking on the Answer buttons will reveal the answers.  In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background.  Clicking on a picture will enlarge it or display a bonus illustration.  Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

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