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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, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 29133

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29133

Hints and tips by Winnie The Pooh

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ** (by BD)

Good morning from The Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet and I enjoyed this puzzle which produced smiles and groans along the way. How strange to begin at the end. We both agree that it is only a crossword puzzle, a pastime, a mere bagatelle, a fleeting moment in life that will be soon forgotten. Continue reading “DT 29133”

MPP 087 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 087 – Review

August 2019

Upper Case Places by Alchemi

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Alchemi’s question was “How many capital cities are there in the completed grid?”  There were 14 in total.  They are highlighted in the grid at the end of this review. Continue reading “MPP 087 – Review”

ST 3017 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3017 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is Day 4 of the Best 4 Days of the Year as I am again volunteering at a professional golf tournament where the best golfers in the field will be rewarded this afternoon and, more importantly, funds are being raised to support worthy causes in the local area; however, this means I might not be able to respond to many of your comments.Continue reading >

Toughie 2282

Toughie No 2282 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Fair, not overly difficult and enjoyable puzzle from proXimal today. I started with 8a and worked systematically anti-clockwise, giving me the illusion of being in control.

Many thanks Tilsit for looking after last Friday’s toughie

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

DT 29131

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29131

Hints and tips by LetterboxRoy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Please welcome LetterboxRoy who, as a special guest author, has stepped in to deputise for Deep Threat.  BD


Hello everyone. Deep Threat is away today so I am helping out.

A relatively gentle puzzle for a Friday, only 16d & 27a needed checking but all the answers today are clearly clued and there are no obscure answers or references. Continue reading “DT 29131”

DT 29126

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29126

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 10th August 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A nice Saturday Prize Puzzle

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Across

1a    Corrupt time-traveller’s machine detained in station (10)
BASTARDISE – TARDIS (time-traveller’s machine) ‘detained’ or inserted in BASE (station)

6a    Block of wood incorporating new pine (4)
LONG – LOG (block of wood) ‘incorporating’ N (new)

9a    Caught on boundary?… Continue reading >