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DT 29438

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where the Spanish summer is in full flow,  38°C on Saturday and not much cooler yesterday.  Phew about sums it up!

Today’s crossword is a very pleasant start to the cruciverbal weeks and not too tricky, even though there’s a bit of rather arcane general knowledge required at 23a. At least the answer is fairly obvious so it shouldn’t hold you up too much.  I’ll be interested to hear your opinions of that sort of clue.  Continue reading “DT 29438”

ST 3068 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3068 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we need some rain and, although it has been promised on several occasions, it hasn’t materialised, at least not in any decent quantity. 

Keep staying safe everyone. … Continue reading

DT 29437 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29437 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the tropical land of Warrington.

Here we go with another Saturday morning challenge, and this is quite a challenge. This certainly took a little longer than usual and requires a little more knowledge than many of the recent puzzles. Continue reading “DT 29437 (Hints)”

Toughie 2485

Toughie No 2485 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The long answers and anagrams gave a nice way into this puzzle, which is full of Sparks’s usual wit and clever devices. Sparks often has a Nina – although I can see a number of words in the central row, i’m not making much sense of them yet

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

DT 29436

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29436

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning with the promise of some high temperature to come.

A reasonable challenge today, which took me just into *** time.… Continue reading

Toughie 2484

Toughie No 2484 by Kcit

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Kcit in very ‘kind to solvers’ mode this week – considerably more time was spent checking the dictionary for synonyms and counting the number of times insertions and ‘doing something with a letter’ appeared in the clues than actually solving the crossword in the first place

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

DT 29435

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29435

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating — Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone on this Ray T Thursday. I thought it was about average in terms of difficulty – not too tricky which is just as well as my brain is feeling a bit woolly this morning – it doesn’t work very well when it’s too hot!… Continue reading