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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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Toughie 2601

Toughie No 2601 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty  – Enjoyment

I found this crossword a tad trickier than the usual Toughie Tuesday puzzles so I wasn’t surprised to see that Dada was responsible for setting it. I did find it very enjoyable to solve and also to review although a couple of answers needed extra thinking time to sort out. Continue reading “Toughie 2601”

DT 29611

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29611

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where the vaccine drought is apparently behind us and (according to reports) we are about to be swamped with the stuff. There are currently some four dozen countries ahead of us when it comes to vaccine rollout performance but, if our leaders are to be believed, we should soon be rocketing up the charts.… Continue reading

EV 1476 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1476 (Hints)

After Steelman by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords are generally welcomed because they are not too difficult and often because they have abundant thematic material in them. This one is a typical example. Continue reading “EV 1476 (Hints)”

ST 3097 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3097 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, in Canada, a third vaccine (AstraZeneca) was at last approved this week.  We hope its availability will do something to improve on the glacial rate of getting the stuff into peoples arms. … Continue reading

Toughie 2600

Toughie No 2600 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An easier (relatively speaking) puzzle from Elgar today with particularly clever references to Joe Root and Gareth Southgate. No Nina.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

DT 29609

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29609

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a bright, sunny South Staffs. Still another seven weeks (at least) before I can get a haircut: I’m beginning to feel like that Australian sheep which was featured this week!… Continue reading