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DT 29414

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29414

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where we are experiencing a brief respite from a record-setting string of some ten consecutive days where the temperature exceeded 30° C. Not only has it cooled off to the mid-twenties but we are getting some much-needed rain.… Continue reading

ST 3064 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3064 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the temperatures have been closer to seasonal normals before considering the effects of humidity.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

For me, this took about as long to solve as the Thursday and Friday back pagers, so, with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies I consider that Dada was benevolent this week even if there were a few Hmms – I counted four anagrams (two partials), two lurkers, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 29413 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29413 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning from Warrington!

Here we are with today’s Saturday challenge, which is by one of the Mysterons.  Enjoyable, but a challenge in parts.  Last one in today was 13 down.

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Toughie 2469

Toughie No 2469 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

A rather tricky puzzle from Notabilis, where on several occasions it took me a while to see the parsing after deducing the answer. Nonetheless, I was able solve this methodically a quadrant at a time, giving me that illusion of being in control.  … Continue reading

DT 29412

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29412

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun put in an appearance this morning for the first time this week. Somewhat light-headed this week, after getting my first haircut since February!… Continue reading

DT 29407

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29407

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 4th July 2020

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A straightforward pangram with several anagrams – I’d guessed that it was the work of the long-time Saturday Prize Puzzle setter, Cephas, and this was confirmed when he turned up to thank everyone for their comments.… Continue reading

DT 29411

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29411

Hints and tips by Kath

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

Hello everyone. Here we are again – another Thursday – still locked down/locked up/ or whatever you want to call it but, depending on your circumstances and where you live, slightly less so.… Continue reading