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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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EV 1522 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1522 (Hints)

Consequences by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Eclogue has been setting regularly for the EV series for the last eight years. Solvers will remember The Australasian One that appeared after the ladies’ month last summer.

Preamble: The answers to eight normal clues each provide the potential CONSEQUENCES for their respective entries.Continue reading

ST 3143 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3143 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I have no idea of what is happening or supposed to be happening and I don’t think the Province does either!

Keep staying safe everyone.

For me, Dada not as friendly as he been for the last several Sundays. … Continue reading

DT 29885 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29885 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)

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Good morning from a chilly and frosty Warrington. We have a nice new Tim Horton’s to drive through (not thru!) so we have some really nice coffee to accompany this Curate’s egg of a puzzle.
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Toughie 2784

Toughie No 2784 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This seemed a fairly accessible puzzle (for an Elgar!) which I managed in a single sitting, though not within 5* time. Elgar gives us some lovely quirky definitions today, which are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

DT 29884

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29884

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is trying to break through the early morning mist.

In today’s puzzle 4d was my last one in, and was the only clue that gave me significant difficulty.… Continue reading

Toughie 2783

Toughie No 2783 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for what I thought was a slightly easier than usual Toughie.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading