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Toughie 1785

Toughie No 1785 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a pretty gentle but enjoyable Toughie today – thanks to Kcit. I noticed when writing the hints how often we had to add or subtract the first or last letter from words.… Read More

DT 28387

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28387

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We do have to believe that it is autumn now. We are having a run of warm sunny days but the shortening daylight hours, colour change on deciduous trees and particularly the departure from the estuary of our special flock of godwits, all tell us that frosty mornings and cosy wood-fires in the evening are not too far away.… Read More

Toughie 1784

Toughie No 1784 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Tilsit (and Dexter)

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings everyone.

It’s the start of another Toughie week and we have the Don to set things in motion. A really enjoyable puzzle that hits the spot for a Tuesday Teaser, not too tough, a few headscratchers and nothing too obscure.… Read More

DT 28386

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28386

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this offering from one of the Tuesday setters. I didn’t enjoy it all that much when I was solving, partly because it needed some general knowledge that I lacked and partly because some of the surfaces are really a bit clunky.… Read More

DT 28385

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28385

Hints and tips by a happy Miffypops

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

Well what a weekend. My rugby watching pals and I visited Grantchester on Saturday morning and all agree what a beautiful village it is. Particularly The Orchard Tea Garden, The Red Lion, The Green Man and The Blue Ball.Read More

Rookie Corner – 155

A Puzzle by Jaffa

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ST 2892 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2892 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.  Springtime is getting going (sort of), chilly mornings, but approaching positive double digit high temperatures.

Mr Robert Zimmerman’s alter ego is appearing here in July.  The venue is a (ice) hockey arena (that is multi-purposed for extra revenue) but, given that ticket prices range from the Canadian equivalent of £90 (up in the ‘gods’ (a.k.a.… Read More

NTSPP – 372

NTSPP – 372

Days Out by Soup

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DT 28384 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28384 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning all, BD is off being lead negotiator at the Hanley in Swan Brexit negotiations, so I have stepped into the breach to keep an eye on today’s goings-on.

I rather suspect we have a visit today from the Mysteron with a puzzle that I really enjoyed (2.5* &4*).  I suspect some of the traditionalists may find it not to their liking, but it’s rather amusing with a few topical references and neologisms scattered around.  There are also a fair few anagrams around, and I have ignored most of the longer clues that feature anagrams.  There’s also one rather poignant topical clue at 1 across which should become apparent. 

Thank you to our Mysterious Setter for a very pleasant solve that was not too taxing.

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 1783

Toughie No 1783 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A proper toughie I thought – this went relatively slowly for me and it took me quite a while to finish my last quadrant, NW. Of course it all looks remarkably straightforward in hindsight – maybe it was just me.… Read More