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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 13 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 3227

Toughie No 3227 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found the top half of this puzzle very gentle although it did get a little tougher towards the bottom. Thanks to Kcit.

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DT 30549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,549
Hints and tips by Shabbo

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

We get an extra day free of charge this year, so make the most of it! I have a good friend who I have known for 40 odd years who turns 20 today.… Continue reading

DT 30548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30548

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa
We were hoping to be able to report that our painting project has been finished but we were greeted this morning with a southerly breeze and occasional showers so the finishing off coating of doors and window trim will have to wait for better conditions tomorrow.… Continue reading

ST 3252 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3252

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 18th Feb 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A nice and lovely puzzle from Dada this Sunday that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review of his puzzle for your kind reading and significant comments.Continue reading

Toughie 3225

Toughie No 3225 by Dada

Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

After another lamentable weekend of English sport I find myself sorely tempted to follow something we’re actually good at. Like queuing. Thank goodness, then, for this crossword: deep, deep peace after all that miserable hurly-burly.

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DT 30547

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30547
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

A bright albeit somewhat chilly start to proceedings here in Harpenden so a good walk looks on the cards later assuming the washing machine engineer attends at his advised slot.… Continue reading

DT 30546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30546

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are on a weather roller coaster. This morning the temperature was -14 C, at the moment (Sunday evening) it is about 0 C, and by Tuesday it will be +14 C, only to plunge to -7 C the next day then up to +11 C by next weekend.… Continue reading